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Lazy Girls Guide to Planting Colorful Zinnias from Seed

The Tattered Pew

A Step-by-Step Guide to Get Beautiful Zinnias with Minimal Effort

Why Choose Zinnias for Your Garden?

The Benefits of Growing Zinnias


Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow and care for. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and they bloom throughout the summer. 

Preparing Your Soil for Zinnias


Zinnias prefer well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Before planting, work compost or well-rotted manure into your soil to improve its texture and fertility. Also, make sure the soil is loose and friable.

Tips for Planting Zinnias from Seed


If you're planting them outdoors, sow the seeds directly in the soil after the last frost date. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.

How to Keep Your Zinnias Healthy


Zinnias need consistent moisture to thrive. Water them regularly, especially during dry spells. Zinnias also benefit from regular applications of fertilizer.

How to Keep Your Zinnias Pest-Free


Zinnias can also be susceptible to diseases like powdery mildew. Avoid overhead watering and provide good air circulation.

How to Encourage More Blooms


Pinching and deadheading zinnias can help promote more blooms. Pinch the growing tips of the plants when they are about 6 inches tall. Deadhead the spent flowers to encourage more blooms.

How to Display Your Zinnias

Zinnias are some of the best cut flowers.

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Kelly Radcliff