Half Hardy Annual
Description – Stunning double flowers in a spectacular mix of three colours, these magnificent zinnias offer outstanding garden performance, especially when planted en masse in a sunny border. Plants have a stronger root system than other types, making them easier to transplant.
Sowing – Sow seeds on the surface of a good, free-draining, dampseed compost. Then lightly cover, 3mm (1/8in) deep, with vermiculite or compost. Place container in a propagator or seal inside a polythene bag at a temperature of 20-30C (68-86F) until after germination which usually takes 10-24 days. Direct sow outside from late April once the soil has warmed. Sow seeds thinly at a depth of 3mm (1/16in)
Growing – Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle, taking care not to damage the fragile roots, into trays or 7.5cm (3in) pots. Gradually acclimatise plants to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost 30cm (12in) apart.
Flowers – July to October