Zinnias are easy-to-grow flowers that bloom all year round when properly cared for. They have large blooms and are a colourful addition to any home or garden. Just don’t be surprised to see a butterfly or two around them!
So now that you have your sachet of zinnia seeds, here are some tips to help you cultivate these beautiful flowers!
- Plant the seeds about 1cm deep in the soil. This ensures the seeds are able to get their fair share of oxygen.
- Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Ensure the soil is well drained.
- Do not place the seedlings under direct sunlight.
- Seedlings should appear within 2 to 5 days.
- Maintain soil moisture but do not over-water. The soil should feel moist to touch and not soggy.
- Light fertilizing will help the plants to be healthier and grow faster. You can get fertilizer from supermarkets or horticulture stores.
- Zinnias are susceptible to bacterial wilt, fungal spots and powdery mildew. Minimize wetting of the foliage to avoid diseases.
Zinnias take 60 to 70 days to grow from seeds to flowers. Deadheading and flower removal can benefit the plant, resulting in a bushier and more attractive bloom in the long term. Check out this video on how deadheading of zinnias is done:
Through diligent deadheading, the Zinnias will focus on using its energy to flower instead of seeding. This means that it will continue to flower as long as it can.
Happy gardening from everyone here at SEC!