I want some. I hadn’t realized that they also ate insects before that. Do you have to push pollen on all of the flower's stigma? I see that my posted message is oddly spaced out, with lots of blank lines that I did not put there, but my tweezers photo is now a smallish thumbnail as I expected. Bees are good, but most kids are a bit afraid of them. Hummingbirds love them, so much so that feeders are unnecessary. For same day pollination, you don't know. Now I am off to buy an artist brush and hopefully. The young even test the verbena but like the Zinnias we're most talking butterflies and clear-winged moths. The receptive sticky part of the stigma is on the two arms at the inside surfaces that were originally together. I would also suggest you visit your local nursery given they can assist you the best way possible regarding what does best in your zone. Since hummingbirds are no longer our primary interest here, you might want to "jump ship" and move over to Part 54 to leave your zinnia breeding messages. " ", You can start too early for convenience. Doing that now. Plants with tube-like flowers include agastache, salvia, ajuga, heuchera, foxgloves, hosta and sage. This is an example of one of my Razzle Dazzle zinnias. :) It was the goldfinches. The seeds aren't that expensive. Well I posted a comment last night and it is not showing. Love, love, love zinnias! I think the hardest part will be waiting until next year to see what I get. I have a few questions though. I want to thank you for replying so quickly to my messages and for all the tips and insight you have given. Saypoint - I've only ever seen them after the hummingbird has returned to it, and I was fortunate enough to be looking in the right direction. I change and clean my feeders before the liquid has a chance to go bad. I use tweezers or small forceps. I lived in Maine then, so my "handle" was MaineMan. ". Hummingbirds and other pollinators love the bright blooms, which also make for … Love where you are going though. If they reseed, that’s even better! That is because I post a message here in Houzz in deliberate stages. I would not even know where to begin to make my own hybrid zinnias. I sowed those seeds late so they have not bloomed yet. If I should choose to use the florets as a paintbrush, do you pick them at the base of the floret? You can also use the bigger planter box for something like a buxus-boxwood ball and add some ivy all around, which is beautiful on its own. A few hours ago we saw a hummingbird touching its beak to the red plastic handle of one of my garden tools. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been slowly warming to zinnias and your post here has pushed me over the top. You may already have some tweezers that you can "pick" pollen florets with, and rub them on petal stigmas. ... thanks for sharing this post. However, most zinnias produce enough pollen … I'm declaring this the year of the Zinnia! I will have to start my research and see if I think I can do it. I was a perennial plant snob! ". Some of them use spiderwebs to hold their little nests together and bind them to branches. Do hummers actually stick their long tongues into those tiny starfish,or are they just lapping up all the small insects on the zinnia flowers? When they look like this just clip the head off and let it dry for a day or two longer to ensure that it is completely dried out. I will also throw a gratuitous photo in this message, so I will click on the Photo icon in the row of icons below my message. Yes. For example- do I use queen lime's floret on a magenta stigma or. Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Zinnias are the backbone of my butterfly garden, and they seem to last forever when cut. ". I could not see any pollen on the paintbrush. " Or go for the bird netting. )Merry Potted Amaryllis. Your pic doesn't look the same as those. If you don't already know about Ctrl-z, experiment with it to see what it can do for you. " Botanically the zinnia petals are flowers because they produce a seed. Good luck with your zinnia operations. How do you decide which part of the flower to use on the other flower? Well over twenty) flowers on each plant. There will probably be some new zinnias for 2021, but there are several new 2020 varieties currently available. I still did not see pollen on my brush, so I plucked a few florets and tried with them. All these posts about Zinnias have convinced me that I absolutely have to have them next year. Zinnia are among the easiest of all annual flowers to grow, with bright bloom colors that make them a favorite of hummingbirds and other pollinators. ". I do not know why Perky Pet thinks they should put the red dye in their bottled nectar. ". Might be worth a try. Numerous flower colors entice hummingbirds to … That got me interested in the zinnia plant itself. My current favorites are the needle petaled zinnias and the exotic flowered ones, as in these two photos. They are easy to grow, just sprinkle some seed where you want them and keep them watered to make them happy. And when you are breeding your own zinnias, you decide what you are looking for. Hi Dave! I am retired so I have the time, just not the knowledge. I went ahead and tried it anyway. I am very interested. " They are definitely butterfly magnets! Since it is so late in the season when I am starting. So glad you did a whole post on Zinnias..I just love them. One grain is all it takes, but in the probable event that more than one grain gets stuck, only one "wins" and fertilizes the embryo. " I remember Garden Web, I think I stayed on that site for hours at the time. I love Zinnias but not crazy about that mildew thing they get. Luck is a definite factor, and zinnias can be full of surprises. I know you probably know this, just thought I would mention it. You'll be amazed at all the different types of butterflies that will show up when you plant a zinnia bed. ". You could think of that as "painting" stigmas with pollen. " Ok, well I heard back from Lanny, the hummingbird expert and he says that he has never seen hummers spend much time around Zinnias, when there are more desirable plants nearby, and he thinks Zinnias are not a very good use of space in a hummingbird garden when you can instead have Salvias that will bloom all season long. Let some of the flowers in your current bed of zinnias reseed to provide flowers for the fall, or … Since it is so late in the season when I am starting. Apparently, hummingbirds take no notice of flower color. I have two hummingbird feeders up now, one hanging from a Mimosa tree limb that overhangs my zinnia garden, and one that hangs from a tree limb between my study window and the zinnia garden. message thread back in September 30, 2007. Muck Boots can be Great Gifts for Gardeners! Mosquitoes are a problem on most of this property, except in the areas of my zinnias and around the Mimosa tree. (You should click on the small "thumbnail" picture to see the larger version of it.). Possibly do that in this very morning. Much the content you find here will be heavily based on those two subject areas but I love getting into garden projects too. {For a while, one of mine was even afraid of ladybugs.} I am sure you have bred some beauties (besides the ones you have posted) ". I am clicking on Photo now, and will navigate to a photo on my system and Open it. And it gets rid of all of those ridiculous blank lines. ". Disclosure: Some links on Growing The Home Garden are part of an affiliate. Sam, you don't even have to wait until autumn. ". I'm entranced by the dance between the towering, lumbering sunflowers and the zinnias they make every evening. Their nests are so tiny, I’ve probably had some in my previous (very lush, shrub-filled, and slightly overgrown) garden and never saw them. Doing that now. It was at least brand new... yeah- pretty much a fail. So is it okay if I try again on the same flower? Do you use a different floret on each stigma? Lol My gift that year was a paperback book titled The Dork From York. My garden is for all wildlife, and I grow Zinnias mainly to attract butterflies, but the OP wanted to know what annuals attract hummers and though the headline mentioned Zinnias and she learned from you the best type to grow I will just give a few examples of other annuals that I know hummers love.These are all tubular. I might have to do some research and try it next year. Zinnia flowers are one a must-plant annual in the butterfly garden and a favorite nectar source of monarchs, swallowtails, and hyper-winged hummingbirds. A great book for getting started propagating plants. If you start before the internal stigma in the pollen floret has emerged, the pollen will still be inside the floret base, in the internal anther bundle. Click on it to see a bigger version. Time flies when you are having fun! I might have to do some research and try it next year. You have many ideas to choose from, tall, short, full, fragrant, green, just white...list goes on and on. I mean the ground was littered with petals! It also contains two preservatives, tartaric acid and sodium benzoate. You can do that at your convenience later in the day. (Same goes for hummingbirds.) We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. No, I touch several stigmas with the floret. All hummers need is sugar water and like you said, they eat small insects. I have several "threesies" in my garden now, and am using some of their pollen on "regular" zinnias in an effort to "convert" their progeny. Or you could use some forceps (Kelly forceps are a common style), and you might have a pair in your tackle box if you fish or know someone who does. " Choose nectar and pollen-rich plants like wildflowers and old-fashioned varieties of flowers. And new pollen florets can appear on a daily basis. They will get hammered by any frosts that may come so it is best to get any seed started quickly.Zinnia flower at seed stage. But I am OK with that. Very frustrating. Padded foot/side board is nice touch Light curtains, dark headboard, light bedding, dark room One of my fave rooms! I went out at 7:30 this morning. ". Alternatively, and probably preferably, you can pick the whole floret with tweezers or forceps (I used to use "Twizzors") and use the whole floret as a brush to rub pollen on stigmas. GDPR Privacy Statement. Those insects provide some much needed nutrients and trace elements. And you are totally welcome to jump in with questions of your own at any of those message threads. " The red food coloring doesn't seem to harm the hummers -- because we have a significant population of them that seem quite healthy all Summer long, and capable of some impressive aerial battles. I took them for granted. Use the search bar below to search through the various subject areas for the garden info you are looking for! These will be at the top of my flower garden list! I love them for their bright color, sturdy stems, and the look as beautiful in a vase as in the garden. Be the bee. One of the contributors to the book, "Flower Breeding and Genetics" suggested that zinnias would look better if their plants had narrower leaves that ended in a sharp point. I think the preservatives are much needed to keep the sugar water from "going bad" in the feeder. They grow very fast, and those that sprout in the spring will begin to dry up by August. Would ginger planted by strawberries provide any kind of benefits to either? I used a watercolor artist brush and dipped it into the floret. You can start your zinnia project right now, in this very paragraph, by shopping for a few zinnia seed varieties that attract you. Gardening Videos on Youtube by Growing The Home Garden, Garden Resources for Growing The Home Garden, Designing a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Layout (11 Tips for a Great Garden Design), The Best Materials for Raised Bed Gardens. . Second time this has happened to me. I observed in my garden that plants such as Cosmos(orange) and zinnias attracts hummingbirds as well. ZM (not associated with any product or vendor mentioned or linked), My hummers seem to like my bright red Binary Giants. Beautiful photo of the zinnia in her closeup! current Swallowtail Seeds zinnia varieties. 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