|Sometimes the Zinnias Attract Butterflies!|
Before we get a frost this autumn I harvest the colorful flowers (no stems). That frost will end my Zinnia crop! Place the flowers in a cut down tissue box. Then, place the box in front of a window to dry them out. After the flowers have dried, pull off the outer petals. No longer are the petals colorful, but dried out. Each petal is attached to a "tear shaped" seed.
|"Tear Shaped" Zinnia Seeds|
Next spring, take out your envelope of seeds! You will be so happy that you saved those seeds! Find their spot in your garden & plant them in the warm soil. Cover with a light coating of soil. Water. Before you know it sprouts will pop up & your new Zinnias will be on their way!
This is a tradition with me! After perhaps 5 years the flowers start becoming a little smaller. Then, I know it is time to purchase the seed packets to plant. Until then, I'll be saving my colorful Zinnia seeds!