Zinnia elegans Mixed
Zinnia
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Type/Hardiness Annual, Half hardy
Flowering period Summer-Autumn
Height 18-24in/45-70cm
Light preference Full sun
Soil preference Fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained
Sowing time/depth Spring, 0.25in/6mm
A fast-growing half-hardy annual that will provide a wealth of colour throughout the summer months and into autumn. Large blooms in shades including pink, cerise, scarlet and orange. Much loved by pollinating insects and great for flower arranegments.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow individually in pots of compost, .25in/6mm deep, ideally at a temperature of 20-30C, though I have had no trouble in achieving a reasonable germination rate in an unheated greenhouse. Transfer seedlings to individual pots, pinching out young plants when they are a few inches tall to encourage the production of multiple flowering stems. Plant out in their final positions when all risk of frost is past. Can also be sown direct in late Spring, thinning to 12-18in apart.
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