Flowers in Bloom

ZinniasI began 10 packs of zinnias from seed about three months ago. These plants are now maturing nicely and have beautiful blooms in the front of our home. The picture is taken this morning as the first rays of morning sunlight highlighted the petals’ edges in front of our home in Manassas, Virginia.

The trick to perfect and bountiful zinnias are to make sure the soil is moist, and has a low pH. You may try adding supplments if your soil has a high alkaline level. Every 4-6 weeks you should apply a slow release fertilizer. Make sure your zinnias get at least six hours of direct sun. If powedery mildew is a problem ask your local nursery for a fungicide to be applied in early spring.
(Photo: Courtesy of Imelda Done)

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