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Monday, August 19, 2013

ZINNIAS: Fiesta in the garden

Easy to grow and ideal for cutting, zinnias soak up summer and burst into a celebration of vibrant blooms.



They require rich soil, full sun and careful watering.  While the rest of the garden fizzles in the summer heat, zinnias thrive.

They are very versatile.  The assorted sizes make them must-have plant for any summer spot.



 

           



Zinnias are great to brighten containers.
 
Saving seeds:
 


Like marigolds, once the zinnias turn brown, cut the dried flower heads.  Remove the petals and at the base are the seeds.  Store the seeds in a container or bag in a cool, dry place.

In the spring, I sow them directly in the garden and in late spring, I transplant the seedlings for faster results.