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Growing zinnias from seeds is the best option for beginners as they grow very quickly with little efforts. Are you looking for some guidelines about growing these beautiful flowers? If yes then this post is going to be very helpful for you as I have described some easy steps for growing zinnia flowers from seeds:

  • Firstly you will require preparing a bed that receives sunlight for six to eight hours a day. Now dig the soil to a depth of approximately 8 inches and add manure or compost. This is necessary to increase exposure to air and improve drainage.
  • Zinnias should be planted within four weeks before the last frost. When it comes to sowing seeds, you need to have proper guidance. You will require sowing two seeds per pot in damp seed starter and after that you can place these pots in a warm location like at the top of a heater or TV to provide them with bottom heat. It sounds strange but it is a proven method to speed up germination process. You will see seedlings rising from soil after three to five days but remember that it all depends on the soil temperature. After seedlings have emerged and developed second set of leaves, they can be planted as one plant per pot.  When you feel sure that soil has warmed and threat of snow falling has passed, you can transplant them to a permanent location. While transplanting, extra care is needed because zinnias don’t like their roots to be distributed.
  • As I mentioned earlier, sow seeds in their permanent location in late spring after snow falling. While sowing seeds, make sure that distance between them should be between 9 and 12 inches because larger varieties of zinnias require more space as compared to smaller ones. The instructions regarded planting and spacing which are mentioned above, can also be found on seeds packets.
  • After sowing seeds, cover them lightly with the soil and keep the seeds equally damp until they sprout.
  • Watering is required on regular basis until plants are fully developed. Zinnia seeds mostly grow and survive under natural circumstances but they may require additional water during dry periods.

These were some tips of growing zinnias from seeds which I also followed when I grew zinnias for the first time in my home garden so follow these tips to have beautiful zinnias in your garden.

Do you want to grow rose bushes in your garden from seeds? If yes then you will have to be very patient and lucky because growing rose bushes from seeds is somewhat tricky and difficult. But once you will succeed in growing rose bushes from seeds, you will come to know that it was quite enjoyable. I have also grown a rose bush from seeds in my home garden after making complete research on this matter. During my research, I found a number of useful instructions and tips which I want to share with you:

  • Before starting, you are required to perform a float test so place seeds in a cup of water. Seeds that float on the top are not workable so you can throw them away. Only those seeds are best that sink to bottom of cup.
  • You will require drying seeds by scattering them on a towel. Rub the pulp away from seeds using a small brush.
  • When I planted a rose bush from seeds, I stratified them for their better growth. You are required to do the same. In order to stratify seeds, place them on paper towel. Make sure that paper towel has been soaked in a solution having half water and half peroxide as it is necessary to avoid mold from occurring. Fold the towel so that seeds remain inside it and then put it into a resealable bag. Now place this bag into refrigerator after setting temperature at 34 or 38 degree Fahrenheit and keep seeds in refrigerator for approximately 6 to 10 weeks.
  • For your convenience, I will recommend you another method of stratifying seeds. All you need to do is to place seeds in a tray containing potting soil. Now cover that tray and keep it in fridge for a couple of weeks.
  • You will also require preparing a potting soil mixture that proves to be perfect for growth of roses. You can do so by filling pots with half vermiculite and half disinfected potting soil. Now push seeds down in the soil about 1 inch and place the pot in direct sunlight. Water the soil when you feel that it has become dry. You will see that seeds will begin to sprout in approximately 6 weeks.
  • When your seedlings have grown a couple of inches tall, transfer them into separate pots. This process is quite delicate so make sure that roots of plants are not touched by your hands. You can use a spoon either.
  • After transplantation, you will apply fertilizer. Choose a variety that can be either sprinkled or applied by making its solution in water. I selected that type of fertilizer that contained more phosphorus as compared to nitrogen and potassium. As far as quantity that needs to be applied is concerned, you can get that information on the packet of fertilizer. Apply fertilizer to rose bush in spring, summer and a few weeks before snow fall.

The above mentioned tips are the same which I followed while growing rose bushes in my garden and you can also take help from these and have a flourishing rose bush to attract your guests towards your boring garden.