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Old Zinnia Seeds That Bloomed

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It’s a miracle, the zinnia seeds that I’ve had FOREVER, and by forever I mean at least 8 years have bloomed. Late spring I was doing a little cleaning and came across a packet of zinnia seeds. The label was so faded I really had to strain to make out what it said. I decided what the heck I’ll plant them down by the fire pit in a planter that’s severely neglected figuring nothing would grow.

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I’d actually forgot all about them until last week; and by forgot I mean I didn’t even water them all season long. I was target practicing out back with hubby and to my surprise the seeds had bloomed and they were almost past their prime. I picked the best of what was still left and brought them into the cabin.

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I can’t believe the seeds were still viable and actually produced and thrived with only what little rain water they received. I feel a little guilty now with how I neglected them but I never expected them to even germinated. I guess it just goes to show how nature has a way of thriving no matter what the circumstances. I’m pretty sure a big portion of the seeds were duds but I did get way more blooms than I’d ever expected.

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By the way the books on the coffee table are what I’m currently reading. Some are favorites and others not so much. I won’t be keeping the Herbal Medicine one it just doesn’t pertain to what grows in my neck of the woods and I have a pretty good knowledge of herbs and medicine anyway and this didn’t have much new to offer for me; but I love the others you see. The older I get the more interest I have in surviving off the land so I’m reading books that support that interest. It’s fun to go for a walk on our property, identify things, and look up how to make teas or what part of the plant to eat. I’m having a good time being by myself with nature and learning new things!

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  1. Since your beautiful zinnias bloomed, you should save some of their seed for next year. Zinnias are my favorite summer flower, and they’re really easy to save from year to year. I just snip the dried out heads (you can do it now or after a frost, it’s good to wait until they’re very dead and dry.) I save them in a paper bag, stored in a cool, dry place. You could put into a sealed container like a mason jar once you’re sure they’re completely dry.

    In the Spring when it’s time to plant you just tear the seeds out of the seed head, mix up the colors, and plant. I leave the petals on, or you can remove them; it doesn’t matter. I’ve been doing it for years and my only advice is to mix the colors well so you have a good variety in your gardens. 😊

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