Zinnia elegans. Red Beauty Zinnia have amazing, dahlia-like, brilliant red blooms to 12cm (4.5″) across, on plants that grow to 75-90cm (30-36″) tall. These upright plants with strong stems make wonderful cut flowers and have excellent vase life. Incredible disease resistance – where other varieties succumb to rust or mildew, Red Beauty will plow right along unhindered. Bring a shock of red to your flower or vegetable garden with this exceptional Zinnia. They are very easy to grow in the home garden, and will bring a premium price on the market table. Very attractive to pollinators!
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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