What a fun flower to grow! 2"–4" striped and speckled blooms in cheery colors are delightful in the garden, and tabletop arrangements. No two are alike! Easy to grow, heat-loving plants supply beauty and interest to your flowerbeds, containers, and borders until fall frost. Each individual flower lasts a very long time on the plant and in the vase.
• Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans
• Family: Asteraceae
• Native: Mexico
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall
• Variety Information: 2"–4" flowers in colors of scarlet, crimson, orange, pink, cream, with red stripes, streaks, or blotches
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Summer to frost
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
• When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Transplant outdoors after last frost. Zinnias do not benefit from being sown early; wait for warmer weather
• Days to Emerge: 3–10 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 8"
• Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest before small yellow flowers emerge between petals.