Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ZINNIAS - State Fair variety are big and bold!

On August 31st there are lots of bright-colored, huge State Fair Zinnias blooming for the weekly flower arrangement.The blooms can reach 6-8" across, and are born on tall stems, some stalks reaching as tall as 5 feet, but the average height is about 3-4 feet. Some are singles, some semi-double, and others are fully double. There can even be each kind on 1 stem, as well. When purchasing, I get the State Fair mix, and so I don't know what colors will be blooming, but they are predominantly all shades of red, pink, orange, and yellow, with some white and coral. These annual flowers are easy to collect seed from. To collect, wait until flowers are spent and have gone to seed--you'll know because the blooms will be brown. I collect seed by shaking the dry, spent bloom onto a white piece of paper. The tiny seeds will fall out, and then I store the seeds in a labeled, legal-sized envelope in the refrigerator over the winter months until ready to sow in the spring.  You can plant indoors 6 weeks before time to set out in the spring. They are not true to the parent plant color--they will be variable.   

Susanne Holland Spicker Mother, Grandmother, Homemaker, Gardener, Teacher, Photographer

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