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#52 – Zinnia Challenges with Florist Ellen Frost

by | Aug 31, 2023

Have you ever struggled with unpredictable zinnia vase life, weak necks, or complete “zinnia meltdown”? Wondering if there is anything you can do as a grower to help prevent these issues from occurring? Today, Lisa and Layne are joined by florist Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers to discuss some of the challenges she faces using zinnias in her designs. In this farmer / florist troubleshooting session, they cover cooler confusion and challenges, whether or not it is necessary to change bucket water daily, unpredictable vase life, browning petal tips, weak necks, and total zinnia meltdown. Listen to the podcast and learn how to deal with a myriad of zinnia issues!

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The “Seed Talk with Lisa & Layne” podcast is produced by The Gardener’s Workshop and co-hosted by Lisa Mason Ziegler and Layne Angelo. Lisa is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, where Layne works as Seed Manager. Lisa is the award-winning author of Vegetables Love Flowers and Cool Flowers and the publisher of Flower Farming School Online, Farmer-Florist School Online, and Florist School Online. Watch Lisa’s Story and connect with her on social media. Layne is an avid gardener, seed starter, and engineer who loves learning and applying her technical knowledge to all areas of life, including gardening and growing flowers. Thanks for joining us!