Cut and Come Again Zinnia Seeds - For Sowing Indoors - January 2024
Cut & Come Again Mix has long-stemmed flowers 2 1/2" across in a blend of pink, bright scarlet, yellow, salmon, white and more. The more you cut, the more they bloom, and they keep blooming from midsummer until frost. Heat-loving and very easy to grow. Great for cutting as well as in the garden.
They like being cut. That's great. And they are 'very easy to grow'. Even better. They are what I'm PRETTY SURE we had last year. The listing also includes this photo of a mixed arrangement:
|Source. Cut and Come Again Zinnias - Mixed Color Arrangement.
I haven't grown from seed, really....ever. At least successfully. Sure, I've tried. I once had a little greenhouse to start and then harden-off seedlings. Didn't work. I've even tried larger purple Zinnias (all the way back in 2011) and at the height of COVID in Spring 2020, I tried these VERY SAME seeds - Cut and Come Again Zinnias.
My seedlings never work. There's always a few problems including: I plant too many seeds and don't thin them. I always get germination. But...then it goes downhill. I leave the top on too long and they get moldy. My watering is too aggressive. They get way, way, way too leggy. And, then I just give up.
But this year, I'm going to give-it-a-go once again. But, I'll try a few different techniques including using seed pots instead of a tray, starter medium instead of coir and I'm going to try to figure out how to (properly) use a grow light at the right height to keep them from getting (I think) leggy.
Like a lot of things in the garden, the waiting is the hardest part. Buying seeds in early January is just fine. But sowing them? Not yet. Burpee says end of February/early March at the soonest and get them outside sometime in May.