(Zinnia pot from 2008)
Every year I plant a happy pot of zinnias on our sunny patio.
On May 23, I planted ‘Giant Flowered Mix’ and ‘California Giant’ seeds. I poked shallow holes in the soil, placed a seed in each one, covered with a little soil and watered. Later in the summer they may get a little mildew or attract Japanese beetles. I fertilize with the other annuals and deadhead as the flowers fade. I’ll have color all summer.
I’ve been watering twice a day since the weather has turned hot. In this 90 degree heat, they tend to dry out but recover quickly.
Here’s how they looked at 11:20 am.
They made a complete recovery by 11:50 am.
After a month, they are ready to bloom - another year with a happy pot of zinnias.
The zinnia story from the University of Illinois Extension.