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peteSpeteS Posts: 865

I'm about to order a number of "Miniature Zinnia" seedlings online, I've never grown them before but the blurb says they grow to about 18." Has anyone grown these flowers and are they trouble free. Also I intend to grow them in 10 inch pots, in which case I would be grateful if anyone could give me an idea how many plants to grow per pot for maximum effect. Many thanks.

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123
    Well slugs and snails like them I'm growing free seeds from last year's GW mag. So far they're trouble free. Someone who grew them last year will be along so hopefully they'll give you more info.
  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    I grew miniature zinnias from plugs and from seed last year. I found that they took a while to get going so needed to be patient. I also lost quite a few because the greenhouse temperature varied quite a bit. Lovely once they flowered and they kept going for a good while.

  • Snow MaidenSnow Maiden South Coast UKPosts: 862

    Agree with Tootles, a bit hard to get going but well worth it

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     These are a few from last year, hoping this years will be just as good . Have potted up this years seedlings but I am also going to try some by direct sowing to see if they will be easier to germinate.

  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    ummm zinnias - might try them next year - if of course i'm still hereimage

  • peteSpeteS Posts: 865

    How many plants should I plant in a 10 inch pot?

  • I grew them from last year's free GW seed and would agree with above that they did take a while to get going - perhaps late July - Sept flowering in a range of colours - the bees liked them - I had to tie a few to stakes to stop them falling over in the wind but if you plant them in a sheltered place or with other tall plants that should be enough to stop them from keeling over. I am growing them again this year - which tells you that I do like them.  Seed from the dead flowers is easy to collect and store for using next year.

  • peteSpeteS Posts: 865

    I've just received my order of miniature zinnias. The blurb says they do best when it's hot and sunny. As I live in Lancashire, those conditions, although not unheard of, are less frequent than further south. Has anyone had experience of growing these plants in this part of the world and were they successful

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