Seeds forum: Zinnia Seedlings

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Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Jul 22, 2017 2:27 PM CST
Hello,

I have some Giant California Zinnias and Lilliput Zinnias I have been growing from seeds in cells and various containers.

I was wondering how big do they need to be before I transfer them into the garden? Two true leaves, three? I would appreciate the advice, thank you.

Another quick question, I live in San Diego about 10 blocks from the ocean, zone 10a climate zone 24. Is it too late to start Verbena Bonariensis from seed?

Thank you 🐱
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Jul 23, 2017 6:35 PM CST

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Hi, Carly:

I would probably wait on the zinnias until you have about 3 sets of true leaves.

I'm sorry I'm not familiar with your climate to answer your verbena question.

You might wish to check to see if you have a county extension agent that might be able to answer your question. They would be very familiar with your growing conditions.
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Jul 24, 2017 3:35 PM CST
mom2goldens said:Hi, Carly:

I would probably wait on the zinnias until you have about 3 sets of true leaves.

I'm sorry I'm not familiar with your climate to answer your verbena question.

You might wish to check to see if you have a county extension agent that might be able to answer your question. They would be very familiar with your growing conditions.



Hello Linda,

Thank you for answering my question on planting out Zinnia seedlings. I think most of them are at about the two leaf mark so I will wait a bit for them to grow a bit more.

Thanks again & happy gardening!
Carly Thumbs up Thank You!
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Jul 24, 2017 4:25 PM CST

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Zinnias are one of my favorite flowers--in our zone, they have a really long blooming season, and they make wonderful cut flowers. Hope yours do well for you.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jul 30, 2017 3:03 PM CST

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Are they in sun? If not, you might want to harden them off to full sun by increasing daily for a few days.

Karen
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Aug 2, 2017 6:16 PM CST
kqcrna said:Are they in sun? If not, you might want to harden them off to full sun by increasing daily for a few days.

Karen


Hi Karen,

Yes they are. I grow most of my summer annual seedlings in full sun. I had started some in May and that was a bad idea as eventually all of them had powdery mildew very bad due to the overcast weather we tend to get here on the coast in spring and early summer, as well as sometimes even mid summer. Im hoping it is now sunny and hot enough for these seedlings not to succumb to this. I water with a rose watering can too at the soil line but they still got it pretty bad last round.

Thank you
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Aug 2, 2017 8:39 PM CST

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Good luck with them.

Karen
Name: Carly Rush
San Diego California (Zone 10a)
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carlysuko
Aug 3, 2017 10:39 AM CST
kqcrna said:Good luck with them.

Karen


Thank you 😊
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
Aug 3, 2017 6:40 PM CST

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Sometimes plants will still do OK with powdery mildew--it makes the foliage look bad, but sometimes will still flower or set fruit. Hope yours will do OK

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