Cut these old-fashioned blooms for your bouquets, and flowers will “come again” producing continuously until fall frost. Long-lasting, 2″–2½” blossoms on heat-loving plants supply endless color for your flowerbeds, containers, and borders. Each individual flower lasts a very long time on the plant, and in the vase before fading. The edible, colorful flowers can make a pretty garnish to salads, desserts, cold drinks, or serving trays. Attracts pollinators. Deer resistant.
Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans
Plant Dimensions: 18″–30″ tall
Variety Information: 2″–2 ½” flowers in shades of pink, rose, magenta, scarlet, orange, yellow, and cream
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 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest before small yellow flowers emerge between petals. Change vase water often.