I just love Zinnias

newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)March 9, 2011

I really do, I just think they are so pretty. Plus they just bloom and bloom. This year since I haven't gone crazy with the daylilies and iris I usually get for spring delivery, (I got none) I decided I could be more organized and start more seeds. Of course I have zinnia seeds left over from last year as I never even started my Magellan Mix and only afew of my Zahara types. But I just went to Harris Seeds and ordered more zinnia seeds as I have great plans.

I got two old favorites of mine, the Cut and Come Again ones and the Cactus Flowered ones. I also bought Edwardian mix, which has the most beautiful rose tones and Distance mix which is a nice bunch of colors and not too tall so I can put them in front of taller ones.

Anyway. I plan to put zinnias in many places around the garden this year, including the front yard were I had them last year. Then there are not only the pretty flowers to enjoy but the butterflies love zinnias and love to visit.

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organic_kitten(8)

Rita,
Indeed, the butterfles will visit the zinnias. I love watching the butterflies almost as much as the flowers. Your garden should be amazing.
kay

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 2:52PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I really noticed a big decrease in my butterfly population as soon as the zinnias were gone late last summer. I had them out in the front yard (State Fair Mix last year out front) but I had to rip them out to do the Belgium Block mini Terraces out there last year. I had pictures posted of the zinnias last year and the terraces too. The zinnias were just so lovely and they bloom and bloom.

I am going to put zinnias this year into the garden section I call the little annual garden that I have been working on for the past few years and also a garden section up in the backyard off and behind the backyard raised bed I call the daylily plateau. Should all look great.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 3:19PM
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gardengirl403

me too! I love zinnias! Long live the zinnia!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 7:42PM
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organic_kitten(8)

I bought some Zowie and some red cactus seeds. The multicolors, I will just sow, but these others, I will plant in the greenhouse, next week.

Everything in the garden is coming to life. I love spring!
kay

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 9:13PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Love zinnias and cosmos. I'll direct seed both in another week or so.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 10:32PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Zinnias surpassed daisies as my favorite flower a few years ago! I just love them too!!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 11:11PM
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koszta_kid(Iowazone 5)

Haven't posted here for long time. I also love zinnnias. Go dead-head and keep for friends our to direct seed next year.Bloomed right up to frost.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 9:34AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Usually the zinnias here do keep blooming really late in the year. The Zaharas I had last year just kept right on going until frost hit them. But I missed the big zinnia disply I had out front later in the year because there was nothing I could do except rip them out to finish the last of the terracing in the front yard.

The actual stone work of the belgium blocks to make the two terraces looks fabulous. And I have some daylilies at the very ends of the terraces and daffs planted all along the middle, hundreds of them. It should look fantastic blooming. Then, as soon as its warm enough, I will put zinnias in the parts that have the daffs so I have all summer color.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 12:43PM
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dyhgarden(7b)

I really like the Benary's Giant for tall and the Magellan for short (but, huge blooms).

The butterflies are crazy about zinnias! I cut and cut and still have plenty of blooms for them and for indoors.

Cameron

Here is a link that might be useful: Benary's Giant zinnias in my cottage garden

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 2:34PM
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organic_kitten(8)

My neighbor had that huge bed of zinnias last year, and she generously shared her seeds.

Very late in the year, I have a pure white zinnia volunteer. My neighbor had talked so much about wanting some white ones that I pulled it up and repotted and kept it in the greenhouse until I had a few blooms to harvest for her.

I am planting a lot more zinnias this year.
kay

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 8:19PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

That is a gorgeous picture. Love those zinnias!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 9:45PM
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organic_kitten(8)

Such a simple flower to give so much beauty and pleasure for so long
kay

    Bookmark   March 10, 2011 at 10:26PM
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mrssims

I had a couple of packets of Zinnia seeds from last year that I never got around to planting. I really don't have much experience with them as the one time I planted seeds it was in an area that was more shady than I realized and they didn't grow. Ooops! But I think they are lovely and so I went ahead and sprinkled them around amongst the daylilies and iris a couple of days ago along with some larkspur seeds. We will wait and see what comes up! It has seemed like such a long winter that I am very, very excited about gardening this year!

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 1:12PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

As long as you have enough space, zinnias look great amoung daylilies. Some types tend to get big and floppy though so it doesn't work for me. In my front yard I have the zinnias in back of two rows of daylilies.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 1:25PM
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mrssims

Thanks Rita! There is alot of empty space in there so I was hoping the zinnias and larkspur would help to fill it out until I can get the beds more established. The iris are a bit crowded in one spot, so they might not do well there. Need to divide them at some point this season.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 1:30PM
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schoolhouse_gw

I would love a big patch or border of zinnias like in the photo, but I'd have to dig a new bed where there is more sun for them. I let the borders in the orchard go back to weeds again.

Since it looks like I'll have to plant new hollyhocks along the picket fence this year, I could sow zinnias there to have some color until the HH bloom next year. I think there may be enough sun for the zinnias.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 2:49PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Count me in as a zinnia lover. Do most of you direct sow the seeds? I usually give them a head start inside but this year was thinking about direct sowing some as well.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 5:55PM
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ronda_in_carolina

Mine seem to always get mildew on them. Do you all get that too?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 9:36PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Mrssims, too late to seed larkspur. Try again in the fall.

I tried some of the giant zinnias last year, but they ended up flopping all over. I'm sticking to the shorter varieties this year.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 9:57PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

My zinnias have not gotten mildew in years. Not since I got roses too. I spray the roses with fungicide every two weeks and I give the zinnias a quick spray too.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 10:15PM
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bobanda(6)

Well this post sure has gotten some traffic! I think it is unanimous! Zinnias are fabulous! I appreciate that they are so UN-pastel and I'm an UN-pastel kind of gal!!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 1:02AM
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silvergirl426_gw

I love zinnias too. I have mostly perennials, but I always include my favorite annuals: zinnia, cosmos, nasturtium, sweet peas, and vines morning glory, moonflower, cardinal climber (for the hummingbirds). I expanded a bed and planted daylilies and iris last year, and I'm so happy someone suggested the same combo with zinnias. Another reason these forums are so great. Susan/thyme, I both start seeds so I can have earlier blooms in our short season and direct sow also. I particularly love the pastels. Let's all of us bookmark this post and post pics later of our zinnias!
lucia

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 9:42AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

It is going to be a really long time till most of us have blooms as spring growth is barely starting here in the north.

I am not surprised that so many of us love zinnias. They are so easy to grow and have such beautiful, colorful flowers that just never quit all summer.

I do tend to think of them as an old fashioned flower but for me, that is good.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2011 at 11:33AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Not a cottagey setting, but still pretty, my zinnias are a good seller at our farmers' market. These are Benary's.

ThinMan

    Bookmark   March 13, 2011 at 10:09AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

My zinnia seeds that I ordered from Harris Seeds came in the mail today. I thought that was fast. Zinnias make me think of summer and long summer days when the daylight reaches well into evening. Love zinnias and love summer. I intend to plant lots of them this year :-))

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 1:09PM
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christinela

Does anyone have advice on growing zinnias? It's already been warm and sunny where I am, and a couple weeks ago I added a packet of zinnia seeds to compost and spread it around an small patch in my backyard. Someone told me to do this, but it just didn't work. No sign of seedlings or seeds. I think I let everything dry out though. I want to start again. Does anyone have advice? The soil is packed tightly in that particular area. When direct seeding, do you water everyday?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 4:23PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Pretty much all seeds need moisture to germinate and pop the seedlings up, so you may very well have to water every day. Do you have a garden fork or something to loosen the soil before you plant? That would be a good first step. Then just drop seeds here and there in the area, and use your finger or a stick to poke each one into the soil about 1/2 inch. Smooth the soil over them and keep the area moist. You should see seedlings in under a week if it's warm.

ThinMan

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 11:44AM
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christinela

Thanks, ThinMan! I will try this and hopefully I'll have great photos to share here some time this summer.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 6:07PM
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quilt_mommy(5/6 Northeast Ohio)

What wonderful photos to get us all geared up for gardening this spring and summer! I have a small bed in the front yard that has had a number of different plantings over the years but this year I'm getting inspired to do just zinnias. They are always the show stopper in my late summer garden and these mass planting photos are making my mouth water! LOL*

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 3:08PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

All right, you've convinced me. This year I must try zinnias!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 6:25AM
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msrose

Y'all have convinced me that I need to buy some zinnia seeds. I'd like the shorter ones, so is the Megellan Mix my best bet? Can you find those locally like at HD and Lowes or would it be better to order them and where to you recommend?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 10:23AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Last year I ordered from Johnny's. I tried the Benary zinnias, but didn't like that they got so tall and hard to manage. This year I chose zinnias in the 2-3 foot range. Seeds came from Select Seeds and Park Seed.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 12:28PM
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oakleyok

What a coincidence! I just got my box of seeds out, and found the pkt of Zinnias, then found this topic.

Natal, I have a pkt. of Binary's from Johnny's too. uh oh. Now I'm not excited so I may have to go to the garden center and pick mine out.

I'll let my dh plant these in his wild flower garden and see how they do.

I heart Zinnias!!!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 5:09PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Oakley, just make sure you plant them in an area where they can pretty much go wild. I had mine in beds with other perennials and the zinnias sort of took over.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 5:36PM
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hosta_house(IL 6)

I tried Zinnias for the first time last year (Benary Giants) and they went wild but still made me want to try them again. This year I'm trying Short Stuff Hybrid Mix.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 9:23PM
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msrose

Where can I find Short Stuff Hybrid Mix?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 10:07PM
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hosta_house(IL 6)

I ordered mine from Jungseed.com 1-800-247-5864

    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 5:00PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

I ordered all sorts of zinnias that are new to me. I realize that there is a spot between the fire hydrant and the sewer grate, by the road that has great soil PERFECT for zinnias! The taller types I often use the "granny fence" around if need be - the cheapo wire fences I get for a few bucks at the discount store. The larger fences support the zinnias quite well if I keep the fence in square blocks.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2011 at 9:35AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I think that's one of the greatest thing about Zinnias, they are perfect for just about any sunny spot, even those really difficult ones.

My zinia seeds are all sitting on my kitchen table were I put them after they got here in the mail because it is just too early to do anything around here.

It is a cold wet chilly day here. It's mostly raining with some snow flakes mixed in for that wintry mix. But it is not sticking.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 2:04PM
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thorn_grower(Zone 5)

Well I might as well jump in too. I grew zinnias off and on, last year I tried just single colors. Wow what a great look. So I went crazy this year and ordered the same, plus a few other colors. Mostly reds, scarlets, and wine..There
a great addition to any garden.Some mildew, depends on the year, but they never disappoint.

Mark

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 3:39PM
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flowergirl70ks

An old gardener friend of mine told me that in order to escape mildew on zinnas, don't plant until June. It works here for me, and I have lots of late color.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 3:18PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I have roses too so I just give the zinnias a quick spray of the rose fungicide whenever I spray. No fungus on my zinnias ever.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 4:53PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Zinnias blooming out in the front yard last summer. These are STATE FAIR.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 12:26PM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

I got some zarahas and can't wait to try them out. I hope they do well in a big pot and I can collect seeds for next year. I also hope the collected seeds will still produce very short zinnias, lol.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 10:25PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I had Zaharas last year myself. One batch was in a large pot and never stopped blooming. The others were out in a garden in back and they just kept right on blooming till frost also. I don't think one can go wrong with Zaharas. I intend to have them back this year. I had tried the Profusion afew years back and like the Zaharas so much better.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2011 at 10:33PM
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floridarosez9

Wow, Thinman, what a beautiful photo.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 4:49PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I am planning on having lots of zinnias this year. Last year I had the STATE FAIR zinnias in the front yard but this year I have already bought a flat of the STATE FAIR and planted them in the back yard on the terrace in back of the daylily plateau back there.

Then I have also just bought flats of the CUT AND COME AGAIN zinnias and am going to be planting them out front in the belgium block mini terraces were I have my daffodils. I will also put afew in the second terrace of the terraces garden, or I could just start seeds to stick in there. I want lots of zinnia blooms this year because I just love my zinnias.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 9:56PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

So I did get one flat of the Cut and Come again planted. I still have the second to do but seem to have run out of steam for the day.

I have the two belgium block mini terraces out front were I have the daffodils planted. I was able to get zinnias planted in the top of those mini terraces and used the rest of the flat to add zinnias in the second terraces of my terraces gardens in the backyard. They are in back of some daylilies and in between others were I have an empty spot saved for them.

I still need to plant the second flat, mostly in the bottom of the two belgium block mini terraces. Then I will already have a lot of zinnias here, what with the STATE FAIR already planted and these CUT AND COME again that I just did.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 5:29PM
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donaldl(6)

If I grow zinnias in large pots (at least 2 feet diameter, with 3-5 plants per pot) is it advised for me to avoid soil? I have good soil and compost, but some sites recommend soil-less mixtures to avoid rot.

I plan on seeding directly, thinning, and then trimming down when plants are growing to get bushy, not leggy, and bushy plants.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2012 at 9:53PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I have grown zinnias in large wide containers and started them directly. Used common soil from my garden but my soil here is light having years of ammendments. Also have diect seeded them in the garden. Zinnias aren't fussy.

I haven't started my seeds yet but no use sowing them unless it is warm. Zinnias germinate in a few days if it is warm.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2012 at 4:49PM
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finchelover(5b-6)

I tried the bushy zinnia's last year..I believe the Profusion
and I really fell in love with them. I planted them along my walk and they are now "popping" up.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2012 at 10:16PM
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lucille(Houston)

I'm sending off for some zinnia seeds. I've looked at a couple of 'how to grow' articles and some say to sow successive plantings for continued bloom. If you deadhead spent blooms will the plant make more buds? I don't want successive plantings.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 6:18AM
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