Growing great zinnias for gorgeous huge blooms. My zinnias are gorgeous this year. Big huge flowers, constant blooms and deep colors.
Here we are in November and I am still picking full bouquets. Our days have been warm and sunny and dry which they love. We don't have problems much here with leaf mold as we don't have damp wet days very often.
Cut zinnias last for at least week. Here are some tips on making cut flowers last longer.
The key to growing great zinnias lies in my compost tea. It is high in nitrogen which is similar to commercial flower fertilizers but I make it for free from my compost bin. Applied every two weeks has kept these blooming all summer and into November.
To Grow Great Zinnias:
1. Start seeds early or sow zinnia seeds straight into amended soil once the soil has warmed.
2. Try to water at the base of the plants and avoid getting the leaves damp to avoid leaf mold problems.
3. Once the zinnia plants are about to bloom give them a shot of my homemade flower fertilizer. You will get so many blooms that you will have loads for a cutting garden.
4. Cut blooms often and dead head all through summer and fall to keep the zinnias from going to seed and to keep the zinnia blooming.