Do you grow Zinnias from seed?

oakleyokAugust 16, 2010

Zinnia's thrive for me, but I've always planted the plants from the nursery.

I bought several packets of seed for next year and I was wondering if they're as easy to grow from seed as Cosmos are?

I'm an impatient person which is why I don't do many seeds, but the Zinnias in my area (Unless I drive to the City) are the orange one's which are NOT my favorite color. lol.

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cindysunshine(5b)

They are as easy as cosmos from seed.

You can order single color packages of some varieties. I love the large cactus ones the best and I do have red, orange, pink, white, a few yellow in my mix - they are definitely hot colors but by the time they really come into their glory in late July I am ready for that color palette.

I might try dropping them into little individual starting flats next year just so I would waste less seed and get them better placed.

But with that said i have a lot of color for a few packages of seed...

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 7:34PM
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scottyboipdx(8)

Definitely...they grow so easily from seed I would never waste money on starter plants...as the above poster said, they are as easy to grow as cosmos...you can save the seeds from current flowers for next year, as well...they store well in jars as long as you don't expose them to too much heat or moisture. I used to gather them in five gallon buckets every fall...we must have planted an acre of those things...it was kinda silly, but spectacular when in bloom!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 7:56PM
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oakleyok

Where are the seeds located? I just finished deadheading mine. Are they in the flower somewhere?

I think I'll get the little pots of soil next year and start them indoors, IF I know where to place them inside.

I used to do that in a greenhouse, but it was a greenhouse and they grew great! lol

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 9:36PM
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merindah

I grew plants from seed for the first time last winter and the Zinnias grew very easy. I'll be getting different varities for next year.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 9:36PM
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lily51(OH 5)

Zinnias grow very easily from seed..and you will get more for your money. There's a wide variety of styles, colors and sizes which can be purchased at many stores or from seed catalogs.

They don't even have to be planted early to get decent blooms.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 10:00PM
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lynnencfan(7b/8aNC)

Very easy to grow from seed - I love the profusion and megellean series - both are compact about 15" and bloom forever - profusion has small blooms and megellean has very full large blooms - just wonderful zinnias ......

Lynne

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 1:08AM
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oakleyok

Now I'm excited! I just bought a packet of 100 seeds of "Benarys Giant Mix."

I hear these are nice, are they just as easy to grow as the other's?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 10:13AM
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oakleyok

Okay, this is a riot! I just did an AOL google search for pictures of the Binary Zinnias. Look what I found close to the top of the search page!

Here is a link that might be useful: Zinnias

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 10:18AM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Funny about seeing your own post when you probably least expected it.

Yep, the Benarys are easy to grow too. I grow hundreds of the plants each summer without any big problems, mostly reds, yellows and oranges, as you can see. The smaller ones in the buckets are Oklahomas - nice and tall, but smaller blooms.

ThinMan

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 1:58PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I was impressed with most of the zinnias I grew from seed this year. I'm saving seed from the Zowie! Yellow Flame. Out of 3 packs only 3 seeds germinated. AND they were expensive compared to other zinnias. But they sure are beauties!

Cindy, I just got a catalog from Wildseed Farm yesterday and saw the cactus zinnias you talk about. I'll have to try some next year.

Here is a link that might be useful: Zowie! Yellow Flame

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 2:06PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Do most of you sow the seeds right in the soil in spring? Or do you start them inside? I've always started them inside and had lots of luck and I do like that I can then plan where they get planted, and spacing. However, direct sowing would certainly be easier and less expensive.

Scotty, I can only imagine what that field of zinnias must have looked like in full bloom!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 8:46PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Thyme, I start my tomatoes and peppers from seed along with a few flowers like rudbeckia and echinacea. Zinnias and cosmos I direct seed.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 8:56PM
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lynnencfan(7b/8aNC)

I wintersow mine but they are the last ones I do - around late February early March for my zone. I use Parks bio-dome for them - usually have 100% germination .....

Lynne

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 9:43PM
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silvergirl426_gw

Susan/thyme, the main advantage of sowing inside in our climate is that they bloom earlier. If you direct sow, you won't get flowers until so late in the summer. Our growing season is short enough as it is! I love the pastal colored zinnias, not the too-bright ones.
lucia

    Bookmark   August 17, 2010 at 11:07PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Thyme, I do both. I start some inside to get flowers as early as I can, and when I set them out, I also sow seed for later in the season when the first plants are getting tired.

TM

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 9:04AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Zinnias are one of the few things I do grow from seed as they are so easy. I also buy plants from the nursery if I can find what I want. But always start some seeds too. This year I started seeds of Zahara Double Fire. The State Fair I had bought at the local nursery.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 12:07PM
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merindah

Mine were wintersown also.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 7:29PM
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gldno1

Re: Where you find the seeds to save.

Let a really prime bloom dry on the plant. Cut off the dried bloom. Over a newspaper spread on a table, slowly pull out the petals. If the seed is viable, there will be a brownish or grayish spade shaped seed at the end closest to the plant head. You can pull off the dried, colored petal (which will by now be very faded.)

I keep different colored blooms in bags. I am sure they cross and I keep meaning to see if they all come true, but haven't yet. So your reds may be other colors.
It is a very cheap way to have zinnias for the garden.

They self seed in my zone 6 garden, but to be sure, I still plant some. I wait until I know a frost won't kill them if they germinate around the time you set out peppers and tomatoes.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 6:24AM
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schoolhouse_gw

I never have had a problem with Zinnia seeds germinating when direct sowed.

Thinman - beautiful selection of blooms.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 4:10PM
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organic_kitten(8)

I plant seeds, but next year, I am going to sow them in the garden. My neighbor has a marvelous stand from seeds she sowed that she had collected the previous year. I'm collecting seeds now, but I just had to order the Zowie Yellow flame zinnias.

There are only 15 seeds in the TFZ package, but I may plant a couple of these seeds this year to get more seeds for next year. Some of them may even seed true. I could probably grow them in posts and put them in the greenhouse if necessary.
kay

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 4:54PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Kay, only 15 seeds and they're expensive. I'm keeping my fingers crossed they come true.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 5:44PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

Thanks for the info everyone!

Gldno1, thanks for the seed-saving lesson. I am hoping to save lots of seeds this year.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 7:13PM
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rosefolly

I grow the Persian Carpet variety from seed. Not only are they extremely easy, but they are also mildew resistant. I would say that they are by far my favorite zinnia.

Rosefolly

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 12:54AM
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pippi21(Z7 Silver Spring, Md.)

zinnias are so easy to grow from seed. I have a lot of success and such pretty zinnias this year.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2010 at 11:17PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I pull the dried petals and seed out and toss them back in the garden. They come back each year. I don't do well saving seed, as I usually forget to plant them. My theory is mother nature does a better job than I.

I would post a picture, but I have yet taken the time to learn to use my new camera.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 9:04AM
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Beethie(5)

I am new to this site. I want to grow giant zinnias from seed and would like to start it indoors. How far apart do I need to place the seeds from each other? What is the best method for indoor planting of giant zinnia seeds? Do they prefer dried hummus or some other fertilizer once planted in the ground? Is it true they don't do well being transplanted? Thank you - any advice helps.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 10:37AM
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kathi_mdgd

Absolutely,i've never brought them in 6 pks or anything,seeds for me are the way to go.They are one of my favorite flowers.
Kathi

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:00PM
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trovesoftrilliums(5)

Beethie--I'm also zone 5. I started a few zinnias inside last week. I used bag of potting soil left over from last year. I use left over 6 pack trays and plant one or two seeds per pot. If the soil dries out I mist it. Sometimes I use a plastic done but zinnias germinate well without it too IMO. I will grow them under lights for a while--kind of waiting to see what the weather does. When I transplant I do not tease the roots as I might for other plants and they do fine.

I also direct sow them and have good success that way too. I will not direct sow until late may though.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 11:25AM
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Beethie(5)

Thank you for the advice, trovesoftrilliums. I have one of those plastic filmed greenhouses that I got as a present and have used it to grow my marigold's from seed. I will start my giant zinnia seeds in there too. I am excited to start as I am learning to grow things from seed. I appreciate any advice I can get from anyone on this website.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 3:24PM
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