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     There are many varieties of Zinnia with widely  varying

heights  and  flower colors.  They may be as  short  as  six

inches  or  as tall as three feet.  The  plants  are  spaced

eight  to twelve inches apart and flower colors can  be  any

color  except  for blue.  They are tolerant of all  but  wet

soils  and  need  exposure to full  sun.   Plants  producing

flowers with high centers surrounded by only one or two rows

of  petals  should  be discarded.   Tall  varieties  may  be

pinched when young to encourage branching.  Old flowers  are

removed to encourage continued flowering.                   

     The seeds are usually planted directly into the garden.

If planted indoors the seedlings become spindly,  especially

if  started  too early.  The seed germinates in one  to  two

weeks at temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees.            

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Zinnia sp. - 54K Zinnia sp. - 63K
Zinnia sp. - 60K Zinnia spp. - 67K
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