Annuals forum: For the zinnia lovers...check out my zinnia...

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Name: My name is Monika...
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xoxomonisia
Aug 14, 2016 7:53 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Every other day I love walking around the house to see if anything new has bloomed.... in one area I have the candy cane zinnias planted... check out this bloom.... if I save the seeds..do you think I'll have blooms like this next year?




Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Aug 14, 2016 9:27 AM CST
xoxomonisia said: ... check out this bloom.... if I save the seeds..do you think I'll have blooms like this next year?
Hi Monika,

A few might be. You will probably get solid colors from the solid petals and white striped petals from petals like. And a few might be "half and half" like this bloom.

ZM
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Name: My name is Monika...
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xoxomonisia
Sep 9, 2016 7:52 PM CST
Here's a little update.....
That zinnia that I posted is going to seed, but another bloom on the same stalk is a solid color...

Thumb of 2016-09-10/xoxomonisia/617f30

Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Sep 10, 2016 10:33 PM CST
Hi Monika,

Interesting. My guess is that all the seeds from that solid red bloom would produce plants with solid red blooms. But that is just a guess. Zinnias are full of surprises. If you like striped and spotted zinnias, you might want to try some of the Peppermint Stick zinnias. They come in a variety of color combinations, not just red and white.

ZM
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Sep 25, 2016 3:47 PM CST
xoxomonisia said: Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Every other day I love walking around the house to see if anything new has bloomed.... in one area I have the candy cane zinnias planted... check out this bloom.... if I save the seeds..do you think I'll have blooms like this next year?






Sure worth saving! I was happy with Pinwheel Zinnias giving me 5 colors from 4 plants in one deck pot! Can I actually save the seeds?
Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
katesflowers
Sep 25, 2016 5:02 PM CST
Wow! Good work .
I save a 5 gal. bucket of spent zinnia flowers; let them dry; and broadcast the seeds next year. My 100' row is full of surprises. This year my plants were 5' high - a record for me. Zone 4b, st clair michigan farm.
Kate

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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Sep 25, 2016 5:19 PM CST
So you are going back to the F1 parents? That's COOL!
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Yardenman
Sep 27, 2016 11:57 PM CST
I have 2 areas of edged plantings for random flowers. I will take as many flowerheads as I can collect and sprinkle the seeds all around through both and see what happens next year.

If it works, great. If not, I will pull up the weeds and try again. Its not like anyone is coming by to criticize those spots, LOL!

EVENTUALLY, I will have a weird unorganized collection of flowers there.
Name: ZenMan
rural Kansas (Zone 5b)
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ZenMan
Sep 28, 2016 10:08 AM CST
I save zinnia seeds over the Fall and Winter and plant zinnia beds the next Spring. This is one such bed.
Thumb of 2016-09-28/ZenMan/23d640
I also grow some zinnias indoors during the Winter. I do get a few "volunteer" zinnias from seeds that fell onto the ground and survived the Winter, but that is only a few zinnias, because most zinnia seeds don't survive being on the ground during the Winter. That would be very poor storage conditions. I try to keep my saved zinnia seeds dry and cool.
Name: My name is Monika...
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xoxomonisia
Oct 8, 2016 9:20 PM CST
Good luck everyone
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Oct 29, 2016 2:15 PM CST
Hi I don't grow zinnias but came over to see Zen Man's stuff. We get that different petal look in irises, known as a chimara. Not sure of the spelling on that. It is often caused by cold when the flower is forming. Does the same thing happen in zinnias ZM?
Name: ZenMan
rural Kansas (Zone 5b)
Kansas 5b
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Hybridizer Region: United States of America Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 2
ZenMan
Oct 30, 2016 1:12 AM CST
irisarian said:Hi I don't grow zinnias but came over to see Zen Man's stuff. We get that different petal look in irises, known as a chimara. Not sure of the spelling on that. It is often caused by cold when the flower is forming. Does the same thing happen in zinnias ZM?

Hi Lucy,

No, the cold does not seem to affect zinnia petal formation. Cooler Fall temperatures do tend to make the zinnia colors a bit more intense, though. Zinnias do not "like" cold weather, and become very susceptible to disease in cool weather. This picture of my South Zinnia Garden was taken three days ago.
Thumb of 2016-10-30/ZenMan/f5aace
These are a couple of my breeder zinnias that I am saving seeds from.

Our weather has been unusually warm here in east central Kansas. Last year we had a killing frost on October 30th. This year they say our killing frost will come after November 9th. That gives me a little more time to save some breeder zinnia seeds and do some cleanup in my zinnia beds.

ZM
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