How to grow Zinnia Flowers and Zinnia Care
Zinnia flowers (Zinnia Elegans) are very colorful and an addition to your garden that it will make it vibrant. With so many different colors and growing habits such as tall and dwarf, planting zinnias in your garden is worth it. In this article, you will learn how to plant zinnias in your garden.
Vegetables take a prominent place in my garden. Atleast they used to. Thanks to my 2 year old daughter, I have started to add flowers in my garden and Zinnia is the first one I chose because it is so easy to grow zinnias.
There are lots of zinnia varieties to choose from.
Zinnia F1 Hybrid Tall
Zinnia Yellow Flame
How to grow Zinnia Plants
Growing zinnia doesn’t cost you a bomb. In fact, it is so easy and cheap to grow zinnia, if you are starting the plants from seeds. Zinnia plants are started from seeds. You can plant zinnia seeds yourself or you can buy zinnia plants in a pack from your local plant nursery or a garden center.
Starting Zinnia Seeds
Seeds of zinnia flowers have to be directly sown. They can be sown in a container where it will grow or out in the ground. Once germinated, zinna seedlings don’t like their roots disturbed. Zinnia plants don’t transplant very well. So, if you wish to start growing zinnia plants indoors first, then plant them in plugs or small pots. So that while transplanting zinnias they dont get into transplanting shock.
While growing zinnia plants, remember to space them correctly. There are different varieties of zinnia plants. Liliput Zinnias are very small and they can be planted densely.Where as Zinnia are little bigger and need lot more space between plants.
Tips on Zinnia Care
Once the zinnia plants have started growing, pay attention to watering them. They dont like their foliage too wet. Zinnia leaves that are too wet are prone to Powdery Mildew. This is an important point to remember when it comes to zinnia care.
Zinnia plants dont need too much water and also avoid overheat watering. Keep the foliage and the flowers dry. With right amount of watering, you can keep the zinnia plants happy and flowering for a long time.
Deadheading Zinnia Plants
Deadheading is another important aspect in growing zinnia flowers. You might be wondering “What is dead heading?”. Deadheading is a gardening term used for the removal of dead flowers or spent flowers that are withering or fading away. Deadheading is done to maintain the plants appearance and also to ensure the flowering continues. It is a known fact that when a plant produces seed from its flowers( especially in Annuals), it stops growing and reduces flowering. Production of seeds somehow concludes its purpose in the world. Amazing isn’t it?
These are some of the tips on how to grow zinnia. Not just zinnias, you can apply these to many other flowers. Now you know how to grow zinnias, you can easily make a wonderful garden with zinnias. Go! grow some zinnia flowers in your garden.
I actually tried growing zinnias in my home about a year ago. At first , they took a while to actually start growing but eventually when they do, the progress pretty incredible.
Nice post, thanks for share.
Great Pics Diane! Inspired from these pics. I love gardening and currently I am working hard to grow my garden and make it beautiful. Any ideas or tips from you will be appreciated.
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Great Post!! Absolutely amazing.