Zinnia Care Guide.
The Zinnia is a great plant for starting gardeners. They are very easy to care for. Because of the full sun requirements that the Zinnia requires, makes it hard to over water. This flower also comes in a variety of colors, so you can be sure to match a pallet that you are working with. Let’s dive right into it. What does the Zinnia need to survive, and thrive?
The Zinnia grows best in full sun. This flower thrives in temperatures that are above 60 degrees ferienheit during the daytime.
Planting and Soil.
A compost rich soil will make a Zinnia grow very fast. How fast? just an average zinnia will grow between 4-6 weeks. You can shave down a few days by making your soil a powerhouse of nutrients.
The PH requirements in the soil should be around 5.5 to 7.5.
You will want to plant the seeds about 1/4 of an inch deep.
Make sure you have a well drained soil. You want the roots to breathe with ease.
Sow about six inches apart.
This is one plant that does not like to be transplanted. It is best to sow directly from seed.
The Zinnia needs about one inch of water, depending on the climate they are planted in. If you live in an arid area, make sure to water more liberally. Do not let the plants stay water logged.
White Powdery Mildew, Spider Mites, caterpillars and mealybugs are the biggest problems you can face with the Zinnia. Take care and check your plants every few days for starting infestations, or infections. If you can
take care of the problem early on, you may be able to control and get out ahead of a major disaster.
A few other things to note, is they sort of look like a daisy. Also this plant attracts butterflies. My whole family loves to watch them flutter around, and we do what we can to promote butterflied coming into our garden. A great starting plant for sure. Easy to grow, and if you don’t over water it, hard to kill. Take note, that if you do not have good drainage in your garden, the roots of this plant could develop fungus, and you will have a plant that dies from the bottom up. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Is there a flower or plant you would like me to talk more about? Thank you for reading.