The fire engine red flowers of the stunning Cherry Queen Zinnia grow 10-12cm (4-5″) wide. The upright stems grow 75-100cm (30-40″) tall and are perfect for cut flower production. The pollinator attracting flowers are particularly attractive to butterflies. Bloom time is mid summer to early autumn. Zinnias are a great addition for market growers, and can bring in premium prices as farm stand bouquets. The plants are resilient, and will keep producing new stems and blossoms over several weeks.
Use Cherry Queen Zinnia seeds in mass plantings for an amazing look, or clumped in larger containers, and enjoy the pollinators they attract.
How to Grow Zinnias
There’s no mistaking the colour and stature of annual Zinnias.Follow this handy How to Grow Zinnias from seeds guide below and grow some colour in your garden this summer. Plant Zinnias seeds in average, well-drained garden soil, but dig in a generous amount of well-rotted manure the previous fall. Pinch off growing tips early in the season for bushier growth. Water regularly, keeping leaves as dry as possible. Deadhead regularly. Feed once in early spring, and again once flowering has begun.
Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Direct sow after last frost, in April and May on the coast. Zinnias don’t transplant well, but you can try starting some indoors in peat or coir pots 6-8 weeks before planting out. Maintain a soil temperature of 21-26°C (70-80°F). Seeds should germinate in 5-24 days.
Just cover Zinnia seeds, and aim for a final spacing of 25-30cm (10-12″) between plants.
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