Thumbelina is destined to be the darling of your garden! A 1963 All-America Selections winner, this charming variety may be shorter, but still produces an abundance of cheerful blossoms in a wide range of colors. Zinnias thrive in heat, bloom all season, and are very easy to grow. Each individual flower lasts a very long time on the plant or in a vase.
• Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans
• Family: Asteraceae
• Native: Mexico
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 10"–16" tall, 8"–10" wide
• Variety Information: 1"–1½" flowers in a wide range of colors, including pink, red, yellow, and orange.
• 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.