A Surprise Zinnia Goldfinch Discovery
This year, in addition to the returning perennials and new annual plants, my wife had a pack of mixed zinnias. I think we had it left over from last year. She decided it couldn’t hurt to put them out in our baskets. It has turned out to be a pleasant zinnia goldfinch surprise! Let me tell you about it.
I’ll Just Plant a Few Seeds in Each Basket
The first surprise was how quickly they sprouted and grew. The second surprise was how huge they got very quickly. Before we knew it both of the baskets they had been planted in were small jungles! They reached at least two feet tall in a very short amount of time. The flowers were of many different colors and beautiful. Before too long we started doing regular pruning/deadheading just to keep them under control.
Not So Fast With That Pruning!
I think it might have been just a couple of days we let them grow. One day I looked out there and swear I saw some stalks moving. I looked closer and saw a goldfinch had landed on one of them and was trying to keep his balance. I thought he was just being curious and thought no more of it.
Then it started happening more and more frequently. I’d look out and see both male and female goldfinches ferreting around in the zinnia bushes. I figured they were just looking for bugs and again dismissed it.
The Conk on the Head
Finally, I started seeing goldfinches landing on the flower heads, pulling off the petals and pulling at the seeds on them. It started happening more and more. Brilliant me, I made the connection at last-LOL! Ever since then, we’ve been enjoying these antics on a regular basis.
My Advice For Your Own Zinnia Goldfinch Event
- If you can, go to your nearest garden store and pick up a small pack of zinnia seeds. That way you’ll have them ready in the spring when it’s time to plant them.
- Don’t sweat exactly when you plant them because they can be planted late and still bring you tons of enjoyment before fall sets in. We live in Tennessee but didn’t plant our seeds until June.
- If you want to prune for shape do it early.
- Once they reach two feet or more try to reduce your pruning and allow them to go to seed. This is the main reason the goldfinches are attracted to them.
- If you have to prune them remember they make beautiful indoor arrangements.
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