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growingup
Tucson, AZ

July 14, 2007
11:09 PM

Post #3736515

I started them a week ago. Velvet Queens and Vanilla Ice. It is pretty much warm year around her in AZ with a bit of a cold snap near January. Another question, they still haven't sprouted. I did layer on paper shreddings for mulch. Should I remove it for the sun to be able to warm the soil?
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

July 15, 2007
2:09 AM

Post #3737071

planting zinnias is fine...we can do it this time of the year also...but you don't put mulch on top of annual seeds??????????

i would just barely cover the seeds with a rake for just covering the seed and then keep them moist until they germinate...don't think you can put anything but a little soil and constant moisture until they germinate...do it again...you have lots of time...zinnias probably don't take but 60-70 days to bloom...good luck
tggfisk
Garner, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 17, 2007
4:32 AM

Post #3745094

Sunflowers should be fairly quick to geminate. I agree with gg, you shouln't mulch over seeds. You can plant sunflowers a bit deeper than you would zinnias. Check the back of the seed pack for depths. It may take more than a week, but they should sprout in 2-21/2...at least here, they should.
You may want to check under the paper and see if they have tried to sprout...
Luck,
Bev
growingup
Tucson, AZ

July 18, 2007
4:42 PM

Post #3750689

I've removed the mulch that was directly over the seeds. Of the 20 or so I planted, I'm only seeing about 3 strong sprouts.
tggfisk
Garner, NC
(Zone 7b)

July 18, 2007
4:54 PM

Post #3750726

Don't give up on them, yet. The good news is that you are seeing sprouts. Seeds germinate over a period of time instead of all at once. You will also see that seed germination is usually a percentage. We all hope for 100%, but most often see less than that.
Hope you are enjoying the process. I love seeing sprouts come up...a very satisfying feeling.
Bev

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