Zinnia elegans 'Queeny Lime Red'
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|Sow Under Cover|
- Half-Hardy Annual
- Cutting Garden
- Broad Tolerance
- July - first frosts, 12-14 weeks from sowing.
- 90cm (36in)
- Common name
- Youth and Old Age
- Full Sun
- 30cm (12in)
- Zinnias are best sown April-May under cover in modules or gutters to avoid root disturbance. Harden off seedlings before planting out after the frosts. Pinch out tips as you plant. Direct sow late May, zinnias hate cold nights.
Zinnia elegans 'Queeny Red Lime' is exotic and unusual with red flowers, flecked with lime. I love a single stem of this in a vase.
There is hardly a vegetable garden in France, where you will not see zinnias grown for cutting. They thrive in hot, dry, Mediterranean summers and need good drainage and sunny open positions, but survive our colder, wetter summers fine. Any doubts, give them one or two doses of Copper Mixture and they will thrive.
Water once a week and stake plants individually . Ensure good air circulation around plants and tidy up any dead or dying leaves to avoid botrytis. Picking or deadheading is necessary to prolong blooming and encourage branching.