Your Guide for How to Grow Zinnia Flowers from Seeds

Your Guide for How to Grow Zinnia Flowers from Seeds
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Your Guide for How to Grow Zinnia Flowers from Seeds

If you're new to growing flowers from seed, zinnias are an easy and rewarding choice for beginners.  The assortment of zinnias you can choose to grow are vibrantly colored and have varying bloom styles. They are cheerful looking with their rainbow of colors and diverse forms, and because they are easy to grow, they�re re a favorite among gardeners of all levels.    

Seed Selection: The Best of Park Seed's Zinnias

At Park Seed, we take pride in offering a wide array of zinnia seeds, each with a promise of quality and guaranteed germination. From the double Zahara series to the giant varieites, our selection caters to every gardener's preference. Remember, the key to a stunning zinnia garden starts with quality seeds.      

Zinnia Planting Guide: Tips for Your Blooming Success 

Sowing Your Seeds  

  • Timing: Zinnias thrive in warm weather. Sow seeds outdoors after the last frost, or start indoors 4-6 weeks earlier.
  • Soil Preparation: Opt for well-draining soil. A light, loamy soil works wonders for zinnias.
  • Sowing: Plant seeds about a quarter inch deep, gently covering them with soil.  Step 2: Location and Spacing  
  • Choosing the Right Spot: Zinnias love the sun! Pick a spot that receives ample sunlight.
  • Spacing: Give your zinnias room to flourish. Space seeds or seedlings about 6-18 inches apart, depending on the variety.      
  • Watering and Sunlight Needs: Nurturing Your Zinnias  Sunlight: Zinnias are sun-lovers. Ensure they get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Watering: Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Water at the soil level to avoid wetting the foliage, as this can lead to fungal diseases.  

Keeping Your Zinnias Happy

Zinnias have few natural pests. So, if you have lots of sun and allow the soil to dry out between watering, you're likely to have a lovely, low-maintenance garden of blooms for pollinators and for cutting bouquets, too.  

Pests and Diseases

  • Aphids and Spider Mites: Use insecticidal soaps or neem oil as safe, effective treatments.
  • Powdery Mildew: Ensure good air circulation and avoid overhead watering to prevent this common fungal issue.      

Other Challenges

  • Poor Blooming: This often results from insufficient sunlight or over-fertilization. Ensure full sun and balance your feeding regimen.
  • Leggy Growth: This is a sign of too little light. Relocate your plants to a sunnier spot if possible.

Remember to use Park Seed's From Seed to Spoon app for scheduling and Growbot for gardening questions and answers. We enjoy seeing pictures of your gardens, so be sure to share them with us on social media @parkseed on Facebook and @parkseedco on Instagram.