Garden flowers

Zinnia: so many colors!


Zinnia is a pretty annual that blooms profusely throughout the summer.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Zinnia elegans
Family : Asteraceae
Type : Annual

Height
: 30 to 70 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Rich, well drained

Flowering
: June to September

Appreciated for its colors, it is readily found in beds, in a planter or in a pot.

Planting and sowing zinnia

Whether it is in a bed in your garden or to adorn a pot or a planter, zinnia is sown in spring but first indoors if the climate does not allow it.

Zinnia seedlings:

Zinnia fear the cold and should be sown under cover if temperatures are below 18 °

  • Sowing is done from March under shelter at a minimum temperature of 15 °.
  • Sowing can be done directly in the ground from May.
  • Planting is done from May, leaving a space of 20 to 30 cm between each plant.

You can also harvest zinnia seeds on wilted flowers, store them in an envelope protected from moisture and then sow the following year.

Planting zinnia:

After you have done your sowing or if you have bought your zinnias plants in a garden center, wait until mid-May before putting them in the ground.

  • The zinnia likes full sun and the warmest place in the garden.
  • Mix the soil from the garden with special soil for flowering plants.
  • Space each zinnia 20 to 40 cm depending on the variety.
  • Water generously.

Zinnia maintenance

Zinnia is very easy to take care of, but a few rules are in order for a beautiful flowering.

The zinnia is not frost resistant and should be ripped off and thrown to the compost after the first frosts.

But first, shake the seeds to leave them on the ground and cover them with a good layer of dead leaves, it is very likely that it will reseme from year to year.

  • Regular watering in hot weather or prolonged drought.
  • Water in the evening without wetting the foliage in order to avoid thepowdery mildew for example.
  • Bring somefertilizer for flowering plants during cultivation allows prolong flowering and have vibrant flowers.
  • Wilted flowers can be removed over time to stimulate the appearance of new flowers.

All you need to know about zinnia

Of Mexican origin, Zinnia is a annual flower in various colors, ranging from red to yellow through orange and pink.

It is bushy and will suit perfectly the beds of your garden but also your borders, beds and your tubs, pots and planters.

We count many varietieslarge or dwarf, the most common being the zinnia elegans.

Hybrids are also so many shapes and colors that you can mix together in the same bed for a guaranteed decorative effect.

Finally, note that the Zinnia particularly attracts butterflies.

Smart tip

Cut back the faded flowers as you go to keep the best appearance of this bushy plant!


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Video: how to grow zinnias from seed, how to sow zinnia seeds, how to grow zinnia from seeds in a greenhous (October 2020).