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  •  Gorgeous!!! (9+ / 0-)

    I love zinnias.  Great pictures in the diary, flumpty.

    It was so cold and rainy here late into the spring, it was too late to plant zinnias from seed.  Actually, it was too cold in my apartment to start anything indoors before the middle of May.  

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 08:00:52 AM PDT

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    •  Zinnias are great! (8+ / 0-)

      They're a staple in my garden and so unlike their 1970's progenitors that got nasty fungal infections constantly.  I love the Magellan, Profusion, and Dreamland series(es).  Unfortunately, the rabbits also love the Dreamland series, so I tend to use Magellan.

      You can get a seed starter mat, 10 watts or so, that gently warms the soil of your starter tray, pot, or flat.  I use one to accelerate seed sprout as I do around a thousand plants every year.

      It's handy for those that don't really need the heat like cleome as well.  They sprout better if you cold stratify the flat during the winter, pull it inside in February, and then oscillate the temperature to simulate the sun warming the soil during the day and cooling at night.

      (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

      by Lonely Liberal in PA on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 08:06:54 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks, LLiPA! (8+ / 0-)

        I had just talked about getting a seed starter mat.  My buddy and I are going to invest in a couple of wildflower and grass collections from Seedsavers.org.  I love their seeds which are very reliable.  

        We are going to try to over winter half of them -- which Seedsavers indicates can be done even in my region -- and then plant the rest in the spring.  I'm going to early start my tomato and pepper plants on a warming mat.  

        I love this diary series for all these excellent suggestions -- which also take one's mind off of smoking.

        My "x" key is sticking -- never knew how many times I needed it!

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 08:49:40 AM PDT

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        •  Exactly. (5+ / 0-)

          The X key is an exciting addition to the keyboard; without it, we'd be spelling it egzactly and ecksiting.  :-)

          Starter mats sound like a huge scam, but they really do work and they work far better than a foot warmer pad (too much power) or a space heater (dangerous and too much heat).

          Checking...mine's a generic seedling starting mat from Hydrofarm (www.hydrofarm.com).  It wasn't expensive.  I only use 1 and start 10 to 12 flats a year--12 hours a day on a flat is more than enough and provides a minor temperature oscillation from 68 to 80.

          In a pinch, atop the television or atop the refrigerator will do for warming seeds, but the TV only adds about five degrees and the refrigerator about 2.  Placing in sunlight isn't recommended as it concentrates under the dome and tends to cook the poor things, although I've done it with a partially vented dome and gotten away with it.  Still, it's best on hot-weather sprouting plants (and most aren't).

          Wildflower tend to winter beautifully; I seed collect and/or winter several species of plants with no issues whatsoever.  They do drop leaf when wintering and tend to look sad, but spring back when you put them back outside!

          Of course, I don't have much in the way of southern windows.  Mine have to deal with eastern and western exposure...

          (-6.38, -7.03) Moderate left, moderate libertarian

          by Lonely Liberal in PA on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 05:48:40 PM PDT

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    •  Hi gchaucer2, I just buy zinnia plants now. Our (8+ / 0-)

      front yard is so tiny it doesn't need many flowers.

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