|Latin name:||Zinnia elegans|
|Guarantee:||100% growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||July - October|
|Growing Height:||70 cm|
Zinnia seed requires no prior treatment.
How to Sow
Sow indoors, February-April.
Sow in the garden, April through June.
There are three ways to sow:
- From February, the simplest manner indoors is to use a propagator for on the window- ill from. Fill the little pots with seeding compost and plant one see per pot. Cover with 1 cm soil, press carefully down and sprinkle with water. Heat will do the rest. Pot the seedlings up after a month to a slightly larger pot and then from May, they can go outdoors. Hold them back by standing in a cooler position (the cold-frame perhaps) if they look like being big enough to go outdoors but the weather is not yet good enough.
- Sow in the garden, preferably in full sun from the end of April through June. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm deep. Draw a straight furrow 1 cm deep and label the row. Sow carefully along the row, cover with 1 cm soil, press firmly down and sprinkle with water. Extra row at 30 cm apart.
- Sow directly where you want them to grow in the border but do sow thinly. Cover with 1 cm soil, press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Thin out to 10 cm for the low growing variety, 25 cm for tall ones. These will flower slightly later: August-October.
Plant them out at 10 cm intervals for low growers, 25 cm for the tall variety. Zinnias like it warm so choose a sunny spot! Improve poor soil by adding some potting compost to the planting site. Be careful when watering - only water your zinnias when the soil feels dry to the touch.
Water extra in dry periods, keep the bed weed-free and your Zinnias will thrive. They love a good fertile soil but do not like to stand in the wet. Place them in a sunny spot and they will flower from June to the first frost. Keep deadheading to promote reflowering. Feed monthly for profuse flowering.
The Zinnia makes a great cut flower too! They will eventually grow on lovely long stems (depending on variety of course). Simply cut the stems with a knife. Great in a summery bouquet. Do keep dead heading to promote reflowering.
The zinnia originated in Mexico where it grows naturally to 1.2 metres! It has been a familiar site in Europe for 300 years now but has been hybridised many times over the years, giving us very many varieties. There are singles, doubles, tall and low growing and lots of different flower shapes too.
The flowers are characterised by their bright colouring. They make the perfect cut flower and attract lots of bees and butterflies. In short, the zinnia should definitely be in your garden!
This Zinnia elegans Mix consists of a semi-high variety (70 cm) with large dahlia-like double blooms in various, bright colours.