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Questions About Zinnias

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 22, 2011

Q. My Flower Garden Has Developed Yellow Spots On Everything

I have a garden full of zinnias that have developed yellow spots on the leaves. These yellow spots are spreading all over my garden and I can’t seem to stop it.

Answered by
Nikki on
June 22, 2011
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Zinnia are susceptible to leafhoppers and they cause damage like this. This article will help: http://www.inhs.illinois.edu/~dietrich/Leafhome.html

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 17, 2011

Q. Care of Zinnias

I would like to make a homemade solution to eliminate whatever insect is eating my zinnia.

Answered by
Nikki on
July 17, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 6, 2011

Q. Faded Zinnias

I am growing zinnias and their color seems very faded. I clip off the dead ones but even the live ones look very muted in color. They are in the direct sun for a few hours in the morning but not for a long time.

Answered by
Nikki on
September 7, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

There can be several things that can cause faded blooms on plants. The most common is that the flowers fade in color as the bloom gets older. But if your plant started out with faded color, it may be that it is lacking fertilizer or is seeing sunlight much more intense than it is use to.

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Asked by
Jcellaaker on
April 24, 2012

Q. Why are my zinnias’ petals turning up?

I planted zinnias on my front flower bed yesterday evening. I watered them this early morning. At 2:00 this afternoon, I noticed the petals curled up. Suggestions?

Answered by
Anonymous on
April 30, 2012
A.

They may be suffering from a bit of transplant shock. Extra water and a light dose of sugar should help to perk them back up.

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Asked by
deblynn on
June 1, 2012

Q. can you soak flower seeds

Can you soak flower seeds (zinnia, purple coneflower, coleus, marigold)?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 2, 2012
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These flower seeds do not typically require any soaking and can just be planted directly in the garden or pots.

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Asked by
seejung on
August 7, 2012

Q. Some zinnia plants have little white lilac like flowers instead of big bloom

I planted a bunch of zinnias from seed and 75% came up with 3 and 4 big beautiful dahlia-like blooms after the first big top center bloom a week or two prior. However, about 25% of the plants have shiny leaves and get a white flower that looks in texture like a tiny lilac bloom. Is this a different plant entirely or. . . . ?

Answered by
Heather on
August 16, 2012
Certified Expert
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It sounds like it is a different plant entirely. Seed companies are like any other company. Sometimes their products are "defective" - no matter how good the company is. You may have gotten a seed packet that was end of a run before the machine was switched or an employee made a mistake.

If you send a picture to me I can try to identify it.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 7, 2014

Q. Gardening with Annuals

If I cut back my zinnias and marigolds at the end of summer, will they grow back in the spring? Or do I have to plant seeds every year?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 7, 2014
Certified Expert
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Both of these plants are considered annuals and will not come back in spring. However, seeds that have dropped will oftentimes surprise you each spring with new sprouts, though maybe not where you plan for them to be. Of course, you can also save the seeds from the blooms you've cut back and sow them yourself too. These articles will help with planting and growing marigolds and zinnia: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/marigold/growing-marigold-flowers.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/zinnia/growing-zinnia-flowers.htm

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