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Common zinnia     

Zinnia elegans

Common zinnia is a member of the Zinnia family. Its botanical name is Zinnia elegans.

Zinnia elegans is the best known of the Zinnias and comes in a kaleidoscope of different colours. Cultivars produce either striped, speckled or bi-coloured blooms and are usually grown as annuals.

These make excellent cut flower arrangements. Easy for beginner seed-savers.

Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to   Blaze orange and   Flamingo pink and   Cream. Leaves usually appear in   Grade 1 Paint Green

It is a flower and is treated mainly as an annual, so it grows best over the course of a single year.

Normally growing to a mature height of 75.0 cm (2.44 feet), Common zinnia grows with a erect habit.

If you would like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden, consider growing this plant.

Some varieties of Common zinnia you may like to consider growing are: California Giant, Mixed, Envy, Lilliput and Giant Cactus Flowered Mix.

Mexico is believed to be where Common zinnia originates from.

Common zinnia is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Common zinnia have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Common zinnia

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Common zinnia needs a soil ph of 5.5 to 7.0 (weakly acidic soil - neutral soil). Common zinnia is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors.

See our list of companion Plants for Common zinnia to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Common zinnia from seed

Aim to sow 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm).

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Common zinnia about 21 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Common zinnia

Common zinnia is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Seed Saving Common zinnia

Cut flowers, or allow them to dry on the plant. When the flower head is completely dry, pull the petals off. The base of each petal has a seed.

Seed viability is ten years.

How long does Common zinnia take to grow?

These estimates for how long Common zinnia takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Common zinnia to germinate?
6 days

Average 6 days | Min 2 days | Max 18 days (267)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Common zinnia?
+ 32 days

Average 32 days | Min 22 days | Max 69 days (7)

Days to Maturity How long until Common zinnia is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 56 days

Average 56 days | Min 39 days | Max 126 days (7)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Common zinnia?
= 94 days

When should I plant Common zinnia?

Our when to plant Common zinnia estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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When to sow The number of days to sow Common zinnia before or after your last frost date.
21 days before Last Frost Date

Common zinnia Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin elegans meaning “elegant”

Other names for Common zinnia

Dahlia white zinnia

Misspellings: Zinna, Zinna elegans

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