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Name: Courtney
Livonia, MI (Zone 6a)
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ccbishop1114
May 20, 2020 3:50 PM CST
Hello,

Very new gardener here. Located in Zone 6A. I am attempting to grow Zinnias in a container this summer. I did not grow these Zinnias from seed but I purchased them from a local nursery. I planted the Zinnias in a container using Miracle Grow potting mix and they are located in an area that gets full morning and early afternoon sun. Recently, we did have some issues with frost. I brought the plants in each night to protect them. In addition, the past 2 nights we had a ton of rain! So long story short, my Zinnias don't look too hot. In particular the Zinnia on the right I noticed looks especially forlorn. The leaves seem dry and it appears to be void of the green color like its companions in the container. Any advice on how to help my Zinnias thrive would be greatly appreciated! Pictures have been included. Thank you.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 21, 2020 1:21 AM CST
Welcome! I think that funky one may have received just more water than it needs. It may recover, it may not. Zinnias sometimes don't want a lot of water at one time. Makes sure the pot has good drainage. The others will be fine, I'm thinking. That sounds like plenty of sun. They should perk up soon. I grow them from seed, and I haven't even planted them yet, I'm so behind because of the cold weather and all the extra tomatoes I've been planting this year!
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Name: Courtney
Livonia, MI (Zone 6a)
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ccbishop1114
May 21, 2020 2:11 PM CST
Thank you very much! I had a feeling it had to do with all the rain we received! Yes, this cold has really caused some troubles this year! Appreciate your response.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 21, 2020 2:12 PM CST
You're welcome!
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Bob123
Jun 15, 2020 8:54 PM CST
I've tried growing Zinnias from seed in the past, inc this year. Result has been the same. They germinate but most fail to make any serious growth. I have some seedlings now that have germinated weeks ago but are still only 50 mm tall if that. I've lost some, transplanted into individual pots but they turned pale brown. Put this down to chilling due to keeping outside after greenhouse. But it's the lack of any growth that's got me stumped.
Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Jun 16, 2020 12:51 AM CST
My advise; don't try to start seed inside and transfer outside. Direct seed outside as soon as you're frost date has passed in the spring. I've never had any problems when direct seeding. Thumbs up
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Jun 16, 2020 12:55 AM CST
Depending on your last frost date, you can plant them out very late. I didn't plant out this year until about a month ago. They're up, about 6" tall, dark, healthy green, and growing vigorously. Should have blooms by the end of July. They will bloom into November here.
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