thanks much again! I’m considering starting zombie from seed instead of direct sowing. I planted a few too many seeds really because I wanted to be sure to get some. It worked, & I may try this again; even though I have a bigger space. Sublime, just so simple and yet so easy to recreate. It has been a trooper in my garden providing abundant beautiful blooms for much of the growing season. With their petite stature, they resemble a bedding plant more than a cropping variety, but I think they deserve a spot in every cutting garden. I grew scabiosa-flowered zinnias for the first time in 2014, and they quickly became one of my favorite crops of the season. I second the questions about dahlias and gophers. I’m trying Zinnia’s from seed this year – Zowie Yellow Flame from Johnny’s and seeds I harvested from a friend’s zinnia bed last fall. The series boasts 7 colors including Oklahoma Salmon, Pink, Carmine, Ivory, White, Yellow, and Scarlet. It inspires me. Do you use landscape fabric with your perennials? Thank you for your tips on these. Do you use 2.5″ holes for all grid spacing? Would love to be weed-free in my u pick! We have found tiny babies dead in their nests because they were caught in the threads and have rescued a couple on the ground who couldn’t fly as their legs were wrapped by the plastic threads. My little urban flower farm will be planted on a much smaller scale starting this year with 12 3′ x 10′ beds but essentially the process is the same. I was in the middle of laying down my landscape fabric when my staples and irrigation supplies arrived in the mail. In the early years I made them out of cardboard and lined the holes with tin foil. Thank you so much for posting this article. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you for sharing! It worked great for us this year. I didn’t want to use it on the vegetable garden that we would eat vegetables from. The Sunbow Series, available from Johnny’s Selected Seeds has been around for ages and has miniature 1- to 2-inch (2.5 to 5 cm) double blooms that ride atop long, sturdy stems. Thank you. Will keep you posted. Do you have to deal with that? This is super helpful! It’s saved us tons of work at the outset. Above: Sweet peas from Floret Flower Farm, where Erin also grows 3,500 dahlias and 2,500 sunflowers (among others) every year. 09-feb-2020 - Explora el tablero de Adriana "Zinnias o calendulas" en Pinterest. But I have never had much success with them. Do not put them in the cooler since the flowers are very cold-sensitive. This article easy to understand and help to stop weed very effectively. Flowers last a long time as a cut flower too. If you're looking to start a cut flower garden, Zinnias are a great place to start! This is by far our most popular spacing, making up about 80 percent of our field, and is perfect for dianthus, zinnias, basil, frosted explosion grass, snapdragons, ageratum, bupleurum, and honeywort. I am getting a bit overwhelmed! Thank you for sharing! You definitely brighten my day and Sometimes we do directly plant into the landscape fabric, but most often to extend our season, we start our seeds in the greenhouse first. Thank you for an incredibly informative post. Two questions, what are the lines drawn on the fabric for, and do your irrigation lines go in-between the burned holes in the fabric? If you are not regularly harvesting your zinnias, be sure to deadhead any spent blooms to help focus the plant’s energy into producing new flowers and not going to seed. Weeds are always the end to my spring time excitement. When we first started growing zinnias this closely together I was worried that they would be plagued by disease, but since they are grown in such rich soil, this hasn’t been a problem.Â, We succession sow zinnias every 2 to 3 weeks in order to have a steady stream of these beautiful blooms all summer long.Â, Here’s how it’s done: When plants are between 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30.5 cm) tall, take sharp pruners and snip the top 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) off the plant, just above a set of leaves. Barb and John Thanks. Mexican zinnias: While plants themselves are compact, they churn out an abundance of stems for cutting from midsummer to early autumn. Obsessed with this site and all the good information I am soaking up as I read and re-read the same thing night after night! Scabiosa-flowered types: I grew scabiosa-flowered zinnias for the first time in 2014, and they quickly became one of my favorite crops of the season. Every year I grow with fabric mulch and the fight gets worse. Now I can spend some time looking at the rest of the site. ‘Benary’s Giant Deep Red’ (pictured left) is a rich ruby-red; the back of the petals have the slightest hint of purple, giving them a glowing, iridescent quality. Saved by Floret Flower Farm. I love zinnias! This makes me want to order some of every color! Thanks!! My question is whether this 30cm emitter spacing will be a problem for those crops that are not 30cm apart? Some of my friends liked them so much in pots, they are doing the same thing. I’ve been gardening for so long and that was horrendous to keep up with. I’m excited to see how they do in my garden this year. I was so surprised at how well they did with so little care! Like every flower grown on our farm, we try to give them the best start possible. It is a joy to see the pollinators flitting between Zinnia islands. “Erin does this” and “Erin does that”. If you had to advise us on 5 to plant, which five would you suggest? You site is beyond great! I feel so daunted by it having never used it before but the idea of wedding again like last year is my worst nightmare. Thank you so much for posting this article! These methods involve significant investments in soil health, season extension structures, such as hoop houses, and in weed-control fabric, tight plant spacing, and a finely-tuned succession-planting plan. Fabric gives them cover from the predators. Should I just direct seed next year? Thanks so much , Looks like Farmer’s Friend is going to be offering precut landscape fabric very soon! Zinnias are so easy you can direct sow them, or start them inside under lights or in a southern facing window. Jenna, it is seldom that I am in such admiration of someone who strikes out there to accomplish this type of goal, but girl, I’ve got to hand it to you, you and your team have did a fabulous job. Haha! Thank you again for just the push I needed! You can get the full scoop about how we prepare planting beds in my post about Soil Preparation. I was trying to get as much done as I could because the temps were going to drop from 65 to 33 degrees by late evening. Sure wish I had known about burning the holes when I was growing Lavender. I lost most and the others bent broke what flowers were still alive. My daughter used to grumble a little when she got a package of zinnia seeds in her Easter basket and knew she would be expected to help plant them. One year I planted a Sunbow Orange from you and the hummingbirds loved them. But free during the rest of the year. Thank you! I just watched my seeds pop up after only a few days of being sown. The frilly double blooms look like mini gerbera daisies or double-flowered echinacea. Love all the variety and pics! If you’d like to get a jump on them and start earlier indoors, try peat pots or other containers that can be planted directly in the ground, as zinnias can be a bit finicky when transplanted. And a different thing; the low tunnels on the top pic, how do you stop them from blowing away? warm peachy color is so versatile and softens with age. Their petite flower size … Once the planting beds have been prepared, we lay down four lines of drip irrigation, roughly a foot (30.5 cm) apart, then the beds are covered with a layer of. It’s a must-grow! In this video we will compare Zinnias that have been pinched to zinnias that were allowed to grow normally. I near panicked when I couldn’t find your blog post about burning landscape fabric a couple weeks ago! I have been growing State Fair Zinnias for a few years, and they are stunning, multiple pinks, deep rose, yellow and a few white. I look at it through the winter to remind me that there is life out there and will be here soon. Yes, we use Nature’s Intent 7-2-4 and also apply compost tea throughout the season. Perhaps with the additional seaweed tea nutrients and healthier plants, I can battle this a little better. I have a small business and I do grow a large amount of cut flowers. Any tips? I used to be a huge zinnia snob, feeling like they were second class to dahlias, but now I’m a total convert. Alaina Noel. I have planted many varieties this year. Now you’ve introduced many others…so I’m ordering more! I know, far out, or maybe not, haha! Each glowing scarlet petal is tipped in gold for a fun twist. Planting: direct seed or transplant when 2-3 weeks old, plant deep, all the way to the bottom set of leaves. I’ve never grown zinnias before, but I just started a flat of the Queen Series today. It’s a must-grow! During the earliest months of spring, we get a lot of intense wind storms (gusts of up to 40 to 60 mph) that roll through our valley. A couple of years ago I was online searching for specialty Zinnias and I found your story and your farm. This year the buds are stunted. With music going and someone to help move the template, we are able to burn a 300-foot roll of fabric in about an hour and a half. Look forward to hearing from you! Roll on summer and thank you for all the advice. Also, our tend to get very tall (we live in the south and have a long growing season). Thanks for your info . Thank you so much for valuable information. Looking forward to gardening season here in West Michigan; we should be in full swing by mid to the end of May. Erin, thank you so much for these posts, they are so generous! Miniature flowered types: The old-fashioned ‘Lilliput Mix’ (pictured above) deserves a spot in every cutting garden. Or is there no hope. Just wondering if I have some really infested land or if this a problem elsewhere. I thought I was not a zinnia fan.. Any recommendations on doing so? The problem that we have experienced with Zinnias is that they don’t seem to flower earlier than September. That size seems to work best for us. He made a template with plywood that worked fine. They only have a limited variety. Hello there! Fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to put all of this information together to help aspiring flower growers like myself. Any help with this? It’s supereasy, almost like having a break :-) Do you ever grow seeds directly in the holes or only put in seedlings? Once installed, can the fabric be left to overwinter? I cant say enough about your site, I absolutely LOVE all the articles you write! I put my Zinnias in the vegetable garden and we do not have a big bug problem. Hi Floret Again, thank you so very much! Should be here next week. Zinnias are some of my favorite cutting flowers! Was the only nutrients for the growth period added during bed prep and during seedlings when you used compost tea? I am not sure if I read that online or in their book though. They come in a wide range of colors (12 total) and are known for their strong stems and good disease resistance. When you say that plants are “spaced 9 inches (23 cm) apart,” do you mean that the rows are spaced 9″ apart, and the seeds within the rows are planted much closer? Thanks for all the info! Kim, I’m in Texas and have the same chalky-residue issue when we use our sprinkler system. Anyway in the rush of having only a couple of hours left to work, I almost uncovered the beds to put the irrigation tape down, but then realized I hadn’t bought my weeding torch yet and needed to burn the holes first (and of course, not in the hose too). We have been growing and selling them for a year now in Florida. I was going to plant a small garden of zinnias in rows like your were done ,but on a much smaller scale. They tend to seed and transplant so easily…and even tolerate a tiny bit of neglect. Or the gauge of the Steel? Awesome! I purchased your book last year and love it! I am hopeful that ours will last for 20-plus years too. And not pull the seedlings too? First time growing these. You recommend Floralife to aid in vase longevity for most flowers. http://gardenmats.com. Wow, breathtakingly beautiful! How close can be cultivars of same flower to keep their characteristic and not to mingle together? Every year about 1/2-3/4 through our zinnia season the leaves start to get very chalky and ugly. Using Landscaping Fabric + No Till Gardening with Success! How do you hold up the the flower netting? Thanks So much, Great tip about landscape fabric,total game changer. He was an incredible gardener, and every year would plant a row of zinnias and a row of marigolds at the edge of our vegetable garden. Hopefully I’ll get the whole thing (almost) covered. I love being part of this flower community!