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Potted Zinnia Plant Pictures – A Guide to Growing and Care of Potted Garden Plants. (This page contains over 50 pictures.)
How To Grow & Care For Your Own Containerized Garden: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing and Caring for Your Own Containerized Garden. (This page contains over 20 pictures.)
Zinnia Pots: What You Need to Know About Pots for Growing Zinnias. (This page contains over 10 pictures.)
What Is A Pot?
A pot is a small glass or plastic container with drainage holes. It is used to grow plants in because it allows them to grow in their natural environment. They are usually made from clear acrylic and have drain holes at the bottom so water drains out easily. Some pots even come with lids. Most garden centers sell pots for sale. If you don’t want to buy one, you can make your own using a large piece of cardboard and a few pieces of newspaper. Just be sure not to use metal since it will rust when exposed to sunlight!
How Do I Choose Which Zinnia Plant To Use In My Pots?
There are many different types of zinnias available. Some are tall and some are short. Some have flowers of reds, yellows, oranges, and purples. They also come in a wide range of hybrids that produce zinnias with double the blooms or even black and white stripped ones! You might want to plan ahead of time which types you will grow so you don’t get a lot of duplicates.
Which Pots Are Best For Growing Zinnias?
Most people use clear or at least semi-clear pots so you can see how the roots are doing or even use colored ones for a fun look. Galvanized metal usually isn’t recommended because it tends to rust and gives off toxic chemicals into the soil over time. There are some decorative clay pots available, but these should only be used with plants that don’t need a lot of water because they aren’t as effective at draining water as pots made of plastic or resin. You can also make your own decorative pots by using a terra cotta flower pot surrounded by a plastic pot. Just be sure that the plastic pot has large enough drainage holes so the water can drain out.
What Kind Of Soil Do Zinnias Like?
Zinnias like soil that is well drained. This means the soil doesn’t hold water and stays loose. Many people use a mixture of two parts peat, one part perlite, and one part sand. This also keeps the soil light and helps it to retain nutrients. A simple mix of one part compost or vegetable garden soil with one part perlite or potting soil works well too.
How Should I Water Zinnias?
Zinnias like most plants need to be watered slowly so the water has time to be absorbed into the soil. This can be done by placing the zinnia pot in a tray that is half full of water so it slowly leaks into the soil below. If the soil is dry you should do this every day or every other day depending on how hot it is, how big the pot is, and how big the plant is. Watering longer than necessary can cause root rot so don’t over water!
How Do I Keep The Pots From Leaking?
If you live in a place that gets a lot of freezing weather you need to take extra steps to make sure your pots don’t leak. Line the pot with an ice and water shield before adding the soil. This will help keep it from cracking and leaking.
What About Fertilizer?
Zinnias are fertilized best with a water soluble fertilizer. These can be added every time you water or once a week. Follow the directions on the package for how much to add. Any type of balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 should work fine.
How Tall Will The Flowers Get?
Zinnias grow to be about a foot tall and have flowers blooming from the top, side, and middle so they can reach over three feet in height! If you let them go to seed they will replace themselves year after year.
When Should I Cut The Flowers?
You can cut the flowers when they start to bloom or let them continue to grow and seed. The seed can be collected when it turns brown and dries on the stem. Letting them go to seed will prevent the zinnias from returning the next year, but it allows you to share the zinnia plants with friends and family.
What’s The Best Way To Start Zinnias From Seed?
The best way to start zinnias from seed is to mix the seeds with sand in a plastic cup. Keep them out of direct sunlight and don’t let them dry out. Place cups in a warm place like on top of your refrigerator or somewhere else that stays around 70 degrees. Zinnia seeds should sprout after about a week, but can take up to three weeks to sprout.
When is the Best Time To Plant Zinnias?
Zinnias grow best when the temperature is between 65 and 85 degrees. They won’t grow if the temperature is too cold or too hot. You can plant zinnias anytime during the spring or summer, but they will bloom better if you plant them in the spring.
How Far Apart Should I Space The Zinnias?
Zinnias can be planted about 8 inches apart if you’re planting them in a row or block. If you’re planting them in rows you can plant 4 zinnia plants per 30 inches. If you’re using a garden area that is 4 feet wide and have 8 zinnia plants that are 12 inches apart with a path in the middle you will reach your 30 inch count.
What is The Best Way To Plant Zinnias?
To plant zinnias, make sure the area you are planting them in has good drainage. Dig holes about 8 inches deep. Mix some compost or rotted manure into the soil you take out of the hole. Place one zinnia plant in the center of each hole and cover the roots with the soil you took out and then pack it down. Water the soil after planting.
How Often Do I Water Zinnias?
Zinnias like the soil to be moist but not soaking wet. Water them on a regular basis, about once a week. They will need more water if it is hotter outside or if they are in larger pots. An easy way to water them is to put gravel in the bottom of the pot and then add water until it begins to leak out the bottom. Let it sit for about an hour and then drain the water. The gravel will act as a filter so your zinnias don’t get watered too much.
How Do I Know When To Pick My Zinnias?
Pick the zinnias once the flowers are fully open and bloomed. Pick them as often as you like, they will keep coming back each time you water them.
What is The Best Way To Care For Zinnias?
Zinnias grow best in soil that is light and has a lot of nutrients. You can add fertilizer to your zinnia pots or add compost before you plant them. Water your zinnias about once a week and make sure they get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
How Do I Know When It’s Time To Plant Something New?
You know it’s time to plant something new when your zinnias stop blooming or you run out of room to plant more.
Where Can I Get More Information About Zinnias?
There are many zinnia books available at your local library or you can check out some of these websites online:
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Zinnia Growth and Water Use Efficiency in a Rate Study of Coconut Coir Pith and Sphagnum Peat Moss in Container Growing Substrates by BK Lowry – 2015 – rave.ohiolink.edu