Zinnia Flower - Coral ( Zinnia elegans Coral) Coral Cutting Flower Zinnias Flower
Height 30 to 40 in
There are about 20 species of Zinnia in the wild, all in the arid, rocky soils of North, Central and South America, most common in Mexico. Zinnia elegans, is one of the most heavily hybridized species, nothing like the heirloom originals at all. Like the dahlia (also from Mexico) the Zinnia takes to almost anything the hybridizers are seeking to change which includes colour, height, size and type of blooms.
We include some hybrid Zinnias because... well, let's be honest, they are absolutely beautiful and many varieties, despite being hybridized, still offer a great source of nectar to our beneficial pollinators - especially single bloom varieties (the semi-doubles are for us gardeners) which is why we include them in our seed emporium. Zinnias are also deer resistant!
This variety produces striking coral pink double bloom flowers with contrasting golden centres that adorn long, sturdy stems with dark green foliage. Zinnias attract butterflies and beneficial pollinators from summer to frost. Easy to grow flowers will provide plenty of cut flowers. Coral Zinnia is a stand alone plant in a meadow or pair it with other brightly coloured blooms for a fantastic contrast! Can be planted on its own or paired with other Zinnia varieties such as Queen Red Lime and Polar Bear White for added drama. Flowers appear from summer to fall, attracting beneficial pollinator butterflies and bumblebees.
Although zinnias are low maintenance, pinching young plants out promotes a compact, bushier plant. Remove the foliage and don't be afraid to cut off side shoots on the main stem just harvested; deadheading the spent flowers keeps zinnias blooming. Zinnias are a 'cut and come again' flower - when you cut the plant 'hard', it responds by sending out even more long, strong stems all season long!
- Full sun
- Rich organic well draining soil
- Direct sow zinnia seed after the last frost - as soil can be worked; cover seed very lightly and keep the soil moist until all seedlings appear. Thin out to 12 in apart.
- OR start seeds indoors 4 weeks prior to last frost, acclimatize sprouts for 10 to 15 days, and transplant seedlings after all threat of frost has passed
- Germinates best at 21 C (70 F)-reduce heat after 3 – 4 leaf stage to 15 C (60 F).
- Germinates: typically 7 to 10 days
- Spacing 30 cm (12 in) apart.
- Succession planting every week or so for several weeks extends the flowering period
- Seed Count: 10