Common Name: Zinnia

Scientific Name: Zinnia elegans

USDA Hardiness Zones: N/A (grown as an annual)

Approximate number of seeds per kilogram (pound) : 99,000 (45,000)

Sun: full sun

Water: keep soil moderately moist during germination, do not overwater

Soil: cover with 1/4 inch of soil, use soil with good drainage and direct sow outdoors or sow indoors using peat pots as zinnias do not transplant well

Temperature: 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit)

Spacing: 8 to 12 inches

Germination Time: five to seven days

Zinnias were originally a wildflower from the deserts of Mexico so it withstands drought conditions quite well.  Thanks to hybridizers, Zinnias are now available in a wide variety of colors and sizes.  Zinnias are good for containers, border areas and cutting gardens, but they are annuals so they will need to be replanted each year.  Zinnias typically bloom from late Spring to early Autumn.


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