Zinnias

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  1. My Flower Garden Has Developed Yellow Spots On Everything
  2. Care of Zinnias
  3. Faded Zinnias
  4. Why are my zinnias' petals turning up?
  5. can you soak flower seeds
  6. Some zinnia plants have little white lilac like flowers instead of big bloom
  7. Gardening with Annuals
Asked by Anonymous on June 22, 2011
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
Care of Zinnias

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

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on September 6, 2011
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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?

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Anonymous

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
Can You Soak Flower Seeds

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

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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. . . . ?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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