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A lot of people say they have trouble growing flowers. Well this is one that you might want to try that I'm sitting out in. As you can see they're mighty pretty. These were planted from seed not from transplants, even though zinnias can be planted from transplants as well.

They've really improved on zinnias lately. They've got some that are extremely large and some that are powdery mildew resistant. Powdery mildew, of course, is this white stuff that gets on the leaves which mainly occurs during these wet weather conditions. If you have a full sunny location that's fairly dry, zinnias are something you might want to think about direct seeding. Another thing is they come back year after year, a lot of times from seeds that are dropped from the old flower heads.

The improvement that's been made on the zinnia cultivar is that if you use some of the older types you have to go in and what we call deadhead them, or take the old blooms off. However the newer types tend to hide the old bloom with the foliage. So they have improved quite a bit.

A zinnia by the way, and that is what these are planted for, is one of the finest cut flowers that you can possibly get because they come in many different colors and they are so pretty. They are one of our best summer annuals that you can use at this time of the year from seed or from transplants. So don't neglect zinnias if you've got a full sun location and can take care of the powdery mildew.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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