A Zinnia for Your Garden!
My grandmother had zinnia's in her garden. I never thought about having zinnia's in my garden until recently. They are a sturdy flower. The come in a variety of colors. I am going to plant a container of zinnia seeds this summer and see what I come up with!
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Zinnia - General Info
Zinnia's are an annual and periennal plant. They come in a variety of bright colors (while, yellow, orange, red, purple and lilac). Their flower heads also take a variety of shapes (single row of petals to a dome shape). Zinnia's also attract butterflies to your garden. I love seeing butterflies in my garden so this makes a great reason to plant zinnia's!
Zinnia's grow from seeds and will reseed themselves each year (cost saving!). They do need a fertile and well-drained soil in full sun to do well. I'm going to try to grow them in a couple of pots. That way I can move them around to find the best sun!
Plant Your Zinnia Garden!
Below is a variety of zinnia garden seeds. Plant a variety of colors for your garden!
These zinnia's look great in a border!
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Zinnia's - How to Grow
Zinnia's are easy flowers to grow. Zinnia's can be grown straight from seed. You can plant the seeds in the Spring after any signs of frost are gone. Seeds are planted 1/4 inch deep and a few inches apart. When plants begin coming up, you can thin to 6 to 12 inches depending upon the height of the plant.
Keep soil moist with mulch. Zinnia's can survive if soil gets on the dry side, but will wilt in very dry conditions.
Trim faded flowers (they make great arrangements!) to promote additional blooming.
I need easy flowers that will grow in the heat and lack of rain in the summer. I will plant these flowers this summer and let you know how they survive!
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Pipevine Swallowtail on Zinnia
"The zinnia was probably the outstanding one of the total group. It's a big plant with very nice flowers that didn't seem to be affected by diseases." - Dave Wildung
Zinnia's - Growing in a Container
Zinnia's can be grown in a container. Wait until all possible frost has past.. The container that you plant the zinnias in should have good drainage. Use a seed starter or growing media to start the seeds. This will help keep the soil loose so that the roots don't get compacted. Plant the seeds between 6 to 18 inches apart. Place a small amount of the media over the seeds.
Once the seeds are planted, cover the pot with a plate of glass or a strip of cling wrap. This will help retain moisture to add germination. Remove the cover once the seedlings become visible.
Once the plants have come up - care is easy. Once the plants germinate you can allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Zinna's like full sun. Since they will be in a pot, you can move them around to find their best sun!
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Zinnia's & Girl Scouts
For the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade, the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angels built a float to celebrate Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary. A portion of the sales of a special 100th Anniversary Special Garden Zinnia Mix from Renee's Garden will be used to support the float and Girl Scout activities associated with float building.
The link to order the special flowers is below at Renee's Garden.
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Zinnia's for Sale - Monochromatic
Do you like to keep your gardens monochromatic? The seeds below should be able to help you out!
Zinnia Flower Meanings
We love to find out the meanings behind different flowers! Every color of zinnia has a different meaning - all which relate to emotion and friendship.
A magenta zinnia means a lasting affection for one's beloved and a bright scarlet zinnia is a sign of devotion.
A white zinnia suggests goodness of heart and mind.
And a yellow zinnia is a reminder of a loved one.
A bouquet of mixed zinnias shows concern and thoughts of absent friends, remembering fond memories and memories of past happiness.
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