I sowed these Zinnia seeds directly into the ground in June and replanted the thinnings and ended up with two rows. This is the first time I have ever grown Zinnias. It was old seed and I probably bought the packet at our plant sale a year or two ago for the going rate of 20p!
I reckon my success is down to beginner’s luck and the Poundland compost!!!! I have very light soil so I also added the ash from the bonfires and chicken manure pellets before I planted up the plot. As they are adjacent to my tomato plants I made sure they were watered nearly every day to encourage a good root system. Yet information online says they only need watering every five to seven days. I was warned not to get water on their leaves as they are prone to folliar diseases. They are growing adjacent to the boundary fence and I’ve had to support them when the high winds came.
There are doubles and singles, in various shades of pink and yellow. The bees love them and they are long lasting as cut flowers. They are the first plants I look at when I arrive at my allotment plot and I coo over them! Margaret grows rich, strong orange Zinnias which knock my Zinnias aside and they are simply stunning. Definitely a plant to try again next year.
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These are fabulous, Anna! I had a packet of old seed too, a lime green variety, and they have been absolutely rubbish!
I remember in one of Fergus Garrett’s lectures he says there is no point sowing them early ( Pat will correct me if I am wrong!) because of the nature of their growing season and it looks like you have done just that. A lesson for us all.