Beautiful Flowers & Easy To Grow
Anyone can grow zinnia flowers with a little bit of effort. Zinnias are beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colors, and they make great cut flowers too! In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to care for your zinnia plants so you can enjoy beautiful blooms all season long.
Where Do Zinnia Flowers Come From?
Zinnias are native to Mexico and Central America, and they have been cultivated in those regions for centuries. In the wild, they typically grow as annuals, but gardeners have developed varieties that will bloom year after year. Zinnias are relatively easy to care for, and they will thrive in most types of soil as long as they receive full sun. Gardeners can also choose from a variety of different flower shapes, including cactus-like flowers and traditional daisy-like flowers. With so many options to choose from, it’s no wonder that zinnias are one of the most popular flowers among gardeners across the world.
Varieties and Colors
Zinnia flowers come in a wide range of colors, from pale pastels to rich jewel tones. Our most popular varieties include:
- California Mix
- Renee's Garden Zinnia Granny's Bouquet
- Renee's Garden Double Cutting Zinnia Cabaret
- Red Beauty
No matter what your favorite color is, you’re sure to find a zinnia that will brighten up your garden.
Growing Zinnia Flowers
Zinnia flowers are a bright and cheerful addition to any garden, and they're easy to grow from seed. Start zinnia seeds indoors about six weeks before the last frost date in your area. Plant the seeds in individual pots filled with soil, and water them well. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and keep the pots in a warm spot until the seeds sprout. Once the seedlings are big enough to handle, transplant them into your garden. Zinnias prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Pinch back the tips of the plants to encourage bushier growth, and deadhead spent flowers to prolong blooming. With a little care, you can enjoy beautiful zinnias all summer long.
Zinnias Attract Many Pollinators To Your Garden
These flowers are often used as decorative plants. However, zinnias also serve an important role as pollinators. Pollination is the process by which pollen is transferred from the male parts of a flower to the female parts, fertilizing the plant. This process is essential for the reproduction of many plants, including zinnias. When bees and other insects land on a zinnia flower, they collect pollen on their bodies. This pollen is then transferred to other flowers as the insects move from one to the next. In this way, zinnias help to ensure the continued reproduction of their species. Additionally, zinnias also play a role in the pollination of other plant species. As bees and other insects collect pollen from zinnias, they may also transfer it to other flowers. In this way, zinnias indirectly contribute to the pollination of many different types of plants.
Perfect and Popular Cut Flowers for Bouquets
Zinnias are one of the most popular flowers for cutting. They come in a wide range of colors, including shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple. Zinnias also have a long blooming season, making them a great choice for summertime bouquets. When cutting zinnias for a bouquet, be sure to use sharp scissors and cut at an angle. This will help the stems to absorb more water and keep the flowers fresh for longer. Once cut, zinnias can be placed in a vase filled with fresh water. To prolong their lifespan, add a teaspoon of sugar or a drop of bleach to the water. With just a little care, zinnias will add color and beauty to your home for many weeks to come.
We have many types of zinnia seeds for sale. Please see our Resource Center for additional tips and recommendations on growing flower bulbs.