Enormous, mostly fully double cactus-type flowers are superb for cut flower use. Their color is confined to a sophisticated range of the best pinks the zinnia clan has to offer, coming as they do in near salmon through cerise. Stunning, long lasting blooms that you will have to fight the butterflies for. Eye stopper planted with or near dark purple blooms or foliage plants to really POP!
Zinnia is a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family. Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colors. The genus name honors German master botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn.
Zinnia may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or sown directly in the garden after frost.Sowing Seed Indoors: Sow indoors 5-7 weeks before outdoor planting date in spring
Sow seeds ¼ inch deep. Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F. Seedlings emerge in 7-10 days.
As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.