Zinnas flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Waukegan, Il
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Question by jacqulynmd
August 29, 2010
I planted a lovely garden of zinnes and now the flowers are dying. Do i cut the dead flowers off, if so where on the stem. Or do i just let it stay on? They are really beautiful and easy to gorow.

Answer from NGA
August 29, 2010
Zinnias love being deadheaded. The more often you remove the spent flowers, the more flowers your plant will produce. If you look at the flowering stem you may see where a new bud is developing from one of the nodes abut halfway down the stem. If so, you can prune the stem just above the node. If you don't see one, cut the stem back
about three sets of leaves. I have cut lower than that to restore zinnias
which had gotten leggy and out of control but if your plants are neat and attractive, simply cut it down to just above a set of leaves so new flowering stems can develop.

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