A group of annuals that seems to be moving back into popularity. The plants breeders are producing mildew resistant plants and many shorter compact varieties with a wide range of colors.
full, At least 1/2 day
average to slightly dry
Soil & Site
average, never soggy
tolerates hotter conditions
Depending on the cultivar the flowers range in size from around 2-4 inches. Almost every color in the rainbow except true blue.
Depending on the cultivar the cultivar the plants range in height from some just below 12 inches to varieties reaching over 3 feet tall.
Zinnia elegans cultivars are susceptible to powdery mildew and grow best in areas with good air circulation and are dry. The breeders are creating new varieties that are very resistant to mildew.
Very easy to grow from seed and can be directed seeded into the garden. When starting indoors plant 3-4 weeks before the date they are to be set outdoors. The taller varieties are best started by the gardener. Bedding plants that are purchased in packs which are tall and lanky with a flower don't make good transplants.