Zinnia Magellan or on short zinnias are elegant and color rich blossoms that are among the favorite for many Americans. Learning when and how to plant them it is really important in order to succeed growing them.
When to Plant Zinnias?
These flowers are inexpensive to grow, but they offer a lot of nice and colorful blooms. The best time to start growing them is about 5 weeks before the last frost in your area. Buy some seeds and plant them indoors in small pots.
You can go green and choose poo pots made from cow dung. They will act like small fertilizer vessels when you will transplant them outside. Many people wonder if these plants are perennial or annual. Well, they are annuals! This means that frost in autumn will kill them and you will need new seeds in spring in order to plant a new batch.
The seeds need to be spaced properly. Make sure that you leave about 4 inches between the seeds. After they germinate wait until the temperature outside is higher than 10 degrees Celsius on a daily basis.
Take the pots and plant zinnias about 10 inches apart in order to allow them to grow and expand. As a tip, I would suggest buying starter packs from local gardening centers. These pack include all you need to get your zinnias going and some instructions as well. They will reach maturity around June and will begin blooming.
In case you live in a hotter area of the USA, you can plant the seeds directly intro flowerbeds outside. Just be sure that no frost will hit them.
Caring for Zinnia Magellan
These plants love water. The easiest way to satisfy their need for water is to introduce a dripping watering system at the base of the plant. This will ensure the proper humidity and will keep zinnias happy. If you consider that this is a too big investment, watering them in early morning does the trick as well.
The soil must be moist at all times. As the plants mature they will require less and less water. Make sure not to over water them as they will decay.
It is advisable to clip the plant before the blooming period as it will yield more flowers. They bloom usually in June and continue to do so until autumn. The plant is sun loving and it is best to plant it in full sun. There are multiple colors like purple, red, white, pink, orange etc. It attracts lots of butterflies and it will surely impress little kids.
Pests and Diseases
Usually bacterial infections can affect zinnias. They are prone to fungal spots and powdery mildew as well. To avoid diseases please minimize the amount of water that hits the leaves.
Insects love them too. Caterpillars, spiders and mealybugs can become a pest. If you notice any sign of attack consult your local gardening store for advice. Zinnia Magellan are deer resistant and it will protect nearby flowers from being eaten. There are some other plants that love to cohabitate with zinnias.
Companion Plants for Zinnias
Zinnias are a great companion for other plants like licorice, petunias, ferns and many other summer annuals
The main benefit of mixing zinnias with other flowers is pollen distribution. They are a butterfly magnet and will help pollinize other plants as well.
Also, zinnias can act as a natural protector for other plants as it repels mammals that want to eat into your garden.