I started them in the house early May with a plan to put them in the ground after Mothers Day. That is usually when we have the last frost here in the Midwest. They lived in a laundry basket to protect the floor from moisture when I watered them.
Once the weather started getting nice I would bring them outside during the day and bring them back in at night when it got chilly. When it was nice enough to plant them outside, I separated them by gently pulling them apart for better spacing.
The picture above was taken early June after I found a spot for them next to the Daisies. You can see them in the distance on the left.
Here they are a few weeks later when I thought something went wrong. They were starting to bloom but the flowers were so small! And I expected them to be taller too.
Here they are today in full bloom.
That's more like it!
I'm laughing at myself now thinking about how disappointed I was when I thought I grew some weird dwarf flowers. I just needed to be patient.
Next year I might just put the seeds right in the ground and see what happens.
Any Zinnia lovers out there? How did you plant them?
Joining Censational Girl's garden link party here.