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cheryllynn

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Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 4:43 pm   Post subject: Please help my Zinnia's


I bought a 6 pk of gorgeous zinnias, and in a day or two they have seemingly "kicked the bucket". They are all wilty and the flowers are flopped over and dead looking. They look as if they've seen a ghost Laughing
They have been getting water, either from me or rain...daily. They are in the sun. They aren't in the ground yet though. I have had them maybe a week.
I put some miracle gro on them last night. How can they go from gorgeous to horrible in a couple days?
WHat can i do to bring them back (aside from getting them in the ground obviously)!
I pulled some of the dead flowers off, but i'm afraid i did it wrong. Do you just snap the dead flower off with your hands???? I don't want a bunch of stems in the garden Shocked .
The greenhouse i got them at is closed for the season Crying or Very sad
Please Help!!!!!!!!!!!
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eileen


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Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:29 pm   


Hi there Cheryllynn,

Hope I can help a little here. Firstly, as far as I remember, zinnias don't like to be over watered as they prefer damp but not wet conditions.
Here are some web sites that may be of some help to you:

www.inthepottingshed.co.uk/zinnia.html

www.gardenersnet.com/flower/zinnia.htm

and

www.organicgardentips.com/how_to_grow_zinnias.html

Let me know how you get on won't you? Hope you manage to save them.

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cheryllynn

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Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 12:42 am   


I don't think those really apply to this situation, unfortunately. Crying or Very sad
Shall i pluck off the dead flowers or leave them be? Just the actual flower or some stem?
Question Question Question Thanks!!!!

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eileen


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Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 1:05 am   


I think, if it was me, I'd pluck off the heads down to just above the nearest foliage. Really hope they survive and sorry the sites were of no help. Sad

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cheryllynn

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Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 2:53 am   


thank you eileen!! Very Happy

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cheryllynn

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Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 2:56 am   


WoW, I just noticed you live in scotland. That is so awesome, lucky you! Wink
I hope to make it there someday. I bet it is simply gorgeous, and i love bagpipes too Very Happy . I had an great uncle many years ago and he was from scotland, love that accent! Very Happy( I can still remember it, some 25 or so years later!!!)

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eileen


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Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 10:39 am   


Hi Cheryllynn,

How are the zinnias today?Hhopefully perking up a bit. Still keeping my fingers crossed for you and hoping that you don't lose them all.

I come from a small conservation village in Scotland (about 20 miles from the capital, Edinburgh) where we live in a 17th century cottage. If I manage to find any time over the week-end I'll take a few piccies and let you see them. Don't hold your breath though as the sun has actually come out so I'm off to the garden.

Have a great week-end.

Bye for now. Very Happy

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cheryllynn

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Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 1:15 pm   


I'm so jealous!! Smile That sounds really wonderful.
I'll be looking for those pics Very Happy

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cheryllynn

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Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 6:09 am   


2 of the pots of zinnias look like they may make it. The other ones i took of the dead flowers and dried up leaves and there is nothing more than stems We shall see I guess!

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Frank


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Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:20 am   


Fingers crossed that they survive cheryllynn

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