Zinnia - White - Polar Bear ( Zinnia elegans) Zinnia Polar Bear White Zinnias Flower

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 Zinnia Flower - Polar Bear ( Zinnia elegans) Zinnia Polar Bear White Zinnias Flower


Height 30 to 40 in

There 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 color, height, size and type of blooms. We include some hybrid Zinnias because well let's be honest here, 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).

Polar Bear produces gorgeous large (double and semi-double) creamy white 4 in wide flowers with contrasting golden centers and vivid, with bright green foliage; flowers sit atop straight upright stems. Polar Bear is a stand alone plant in a meadow or pair it with other brightly colored blooms for a fantastic contrast. Great for  and can be planted on its own or paired with other Zinnia varieties such as Queen Red Lime and Envy 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 mainstem 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