An Overview of Red Zinnia Elegans
The Red Zinnia is a genus of plants in the sunflower tribe in the daisy family. These flowers are native to dry shrubs and grasslands in an area stretching from the southwestern US to South America, centred in diversity in Mexico.
What You'll Love
- Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow
- The seeds only need basic garden preparation to germinate
- They bloom in just a few weeks
- They can thrive with very little fertilizer and still flower
Benefits of Red Zinnia Elegans
The flowers and leaves are used by many tribes in the Southwest region as medicine and in rituals. Zinnia is considered one of the sacred living medicines of the Navajo people. More specifically, zinnias are also used to make brightly coloured dyes and paints. During their growing season, May through October, the nectar-rich zinnias attract bees and make excellent pollinators. Hummingbirds, Japanese beetles, ladybugs and wasps are also attracted to them. For gardeners looking for flowers that are easy to care for, zinnias are a great choice.
How to Care And Sow Red Zinnia Elegans Seeds
It is advisable to grow zinnias from seed directly in the garden bed, as they do not like to transplant and do not grow well in pots. Since zinnias are very sensitive to frost, they should be sown only after the last frost. See your local frost date. The flowering period can be extended by sowing seeds weekly for several weeks. A location that receives full sun is essential. At the end of the season, good air circulation can help prevent foliar diseases like powdery mildew. In terms of soil conditions, zinnias are very adaptable, but the ideal soil will be well-drained and rich in organic matter. Zinnia seeds should be planted about a centimetre deep.
The little seedlings will appear in a week for most varieties, but flowers may take several months, depending on the planting and climate position. To maximize the circulation of air, thin seedlings when reaching three-inch heights so they are six to 18 inches apart. When doing so, mould powder is less likely to grow. The country is moderate and fertilized a bit to maximize growth and flowering. You can encourage more flowers by cutting old flowers after Zinnia flowers. Zinnias are annuals and will die when the first hard frost hits in the fall.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Product: Red Zinnia Elegans Seed
- Season: June
- USDA Zones: 2-11
- Days to Harvest: 60-70 days.
- Soil Type: Organic matter and well-drained
- Temperature: 21-26 Degrees Celsius
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids
- Order: Asterales
- Family: Asteraceae
- Subfamily: Asteroidea
- Super Tribe: Helianthodae
- Genus: Zinnia
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