Ask a Question forum: What is wrong with my Zinnias?

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zone 5 - northern Illinois
Jul 8, 2017 8:13 AM CST
Planted them a few weeks ago, they look horrible. Watered them about once a week and also treated them with Bayer 2 in 1 systemic because I noticed something is eating the leaves, probably earwigs, (we have a bunch of those suckers). Any advice on how to improve their health?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jul 9, 2017 11:48 AM CST
I'm gonna say water at least twice a week, or when top inch or two gets dry.
For earwigs, use some ortho, bug be gone granualls, or equalivant.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
Plant Identifier Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jul 9, 2017 12:19 PM CST
The orange one wasn't planted deep enough.
The other one probably wasn't either.

I hate to say it, but I think that your problem was in planting annuals that were already in bloom.

Zinnias are dead easy.
Last year at this time, I collected seed from a bed in town.
Brought the seeds out and started them...
Collected seeds after frost, started some of those (this spring), AND had a bunch of self down volunteers.

It wouldn't be much fun digging those plants back up, but.... Maybe you could get some compost and top dress the entire bed.

Stop putting poison on those plants.
You are gonna kill the butterflies.

Its a systemic?

You probably should pull those things out and throw them in the trash.
That systemic is like putting out a poisoned pork chop for the neighbors cat.

You attract the pollinators to the flower bed, and then serve them poison!
[Last edited by stone - Jul 9, 2017 12:28 PM (+)]
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