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Name: Sandi
Wooton, KY (Zone 6b)
SandinKY
Sep 30, 2017 11:34 AM CST
My Zinnias have grown way too big for their location. Is it possible to move them and not kill them?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 30, 2017 1:10 PM CST
Hi and welcome, Sandi. As far as I know, Zinnias are purely an annual plant, which means that no matter what you do to them now, they are finished their life cycle and will die this fall. You have to start them new from seeds or transplants again next spring.

As far as moving them now, there's no harm in trying. Just get as big a root ball for each plant as you can. Prepare the new planting spot beforehand and keep them out of the ground for as short a time as possible. Then shade them for a few days to help them adjust to the new spot. It's probably a very good idea to cut off all the flowers before you move them, too. This will help the plants to put on new growth of roots and not be 'shocked' for as long.
Elaine

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Name: Sandi
Wooton, KY (Zone 6b)
SandinKY
Sep 30, 2017 1:39 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Hi and welcome, Sandi. As far as I know, Zinnias are purely an annual plant, which means that no matter what you do to them now, they are finished their life cycle and will die this fall. You have to start them new from seeds or transplants again next spring.

As far as moving them now, there's no harm in trying. Just get as big a root ball for each plant as you can. Prepare the new planting spot beforehand and keep them out of the ground for as short a time as possible. Then shade them for a few days to help them adjust to the new spot. It's probably a very good idea to cut off all the flowers before you move them, too. This will help the plants to put on new growth of roots and not be 'shocked' for as long.

Thank you so much! I love these but they've grown to 4 ft in front of my porch. I think I'll try one and then see.

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