Prince Snow Farm

3.28.2016

Zinnias

I often get asked to recommend an easy to grow flower for small home gardens.




Without hesitation, I say Zinnias. All varieties.


Zinnias are one of the most joyful flowers in the garden.
They come in a rainbow of colors, varied petal shapes, and sizes. 



I love them for their longevity in the garden and vase…for the way they attract skippers and butterflies and hummingbirds...



….because I can crowd them and they are forgiving and produce heavily….


….because they are the last bright spot in my garden as the chill of fall creeps in….


…but most of all because they make me smile:)

19 comments:

  1. This is my favorite flower too! They last a very long time after cutting and multiple after cutting also. A variety of colors and long lasting well into fall! Thanks for your pics:)

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    1. I agree, they are very long lasting…and cutting allows them to become more prolific!

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  2. OK.. I'm convinced.. I will try them this summer! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Yes, please do!And then post some photos!

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  3. Pretty flowers will give them a go next spring.
    Merle.............

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  4. I have about 4 packets of zinnias just calling my name!

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    1. I am almost embarrassed to say how many packets I have!

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  5. I totally agree! And, they are at their best so late in the season which makes them even more valuable!

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    1. Yes, they are perky when all else has faded!

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  6. Zinnias found a special place in my heart when I was just a little girl. My dad always grew them and he let me pick them anytime I wanted. Our humid climate isn't always kind to the varieties I loved as a child. There are often mildew issues, so I don't always plant them. One day though, I will dedicate a spot in the garden just to zinnias.

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    1. Tracy we have very humid summers here in coastal Massachusetts as well.Sometimes the leaves get black spots, but I remove the leaves when placing in jars anyhow, and the flower itself seems unscathed :)

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  7. I'm so glad that you brought this up!!! I've decided that zinnias are going to be my new flower adventure this year! I've planted seeds twice and both times nothing happened (I think they MIGHT have been choked out by cosmos or possibly trampled by our kittens). This year, I've got a spot set aside JUST for them and I've set my mind to learning everything I can about them!

    So...How about a little Zinnia101? When do you plant them? Where (ie what conditions are their favorite) do you plant them? How much water do they like? How close do you plant them? How big of a plot/how many packets of seeds would be good for one house (if I get good at it, I might do what you do and make bunches to give away, but I want to take a year to learn first)? How do you cut them (ie where/how far down the stem)? What varieties are your favorite? Basically, tell me anything and everything that you think would be helpful! :)

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    1. Hmmm….where do I begin….

      Buy a nice variety of heights, colors, and flower shape
      Direct sow after frost has passed. (I am for Memorial Day weekend)
      Succession Plant (once every week and a half or so for about 3 -5 weeks)
      I crowd them and they seem happy and still produce heavily.
      When just sprouting, don't allow soil to dry out too much or the seedlings will die. I usually only give them extra water during dry spells.
      I cut them on the stem where you see another flower branching off. This promotes growth.
      Some people pinch off the first buds to make fuller plants. I do not.
      Zinnias need to be picked when fully opened.
      They have a very good vase life, but will last even longer with frequent water changes.

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  8. I'm so glad that you brought this up!!! I've decided that zinnias are going to be my new flower adventure this year! I've planted seeds twice and both times nothing happened (I think they MIGHT have been choked out by cosmos or possibly trampled by our kittens). This year, I've got a spot set aside JUST for them and I've set my mind to learning everything I can about them!

    So...How about a little Zinnia101? When do you plant them? Where (ie what conditions are their favorite) do you plant them? How much water do they like? How close do you plant them? How big of a plot/how many packets of seeds would be good for one house (if I get good at it, I might do what you do and make bunches to give away, but I want to take a year to learn first)? How do you cut them (ie where/how far down the stem)? What varieties are your favorite? Basically, tell me anything and everything that you think would be helpful! :)

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  9. Hey Monica,
    I love zinnias too. I started growing them way back when... Now there are so many new varieties..and I always enjoy yours.
    Love,
    Mona

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    1. Hi Mona! Thanks for the love! They are so much fun! This year I am trying a new salmon variety!

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