Plant of the Month

November 2020

Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

  • Type: Annual
  • Light: Full sun 
  • Water: Medium
  • Soil: Well-drained 
  • Height: 1 to 4 feet; Width: 9 to 12 inches
  • Flower: Red, yellow, orange, pink, purple, green, white
  • Bloom Time: June-frost

Zinnia plants were always a staple in my grandmother’s East Tennessee garden. That is because these old-fashioned annuals are bright and beautiful, easily grown, can withstand hot summer temps, and are self-seeding from year to year. Zinnias can be planted from seeds which will germinate quickly and can be grown in practically any color or height to fit your garden needs. They also come in various blossom shapes from tiny buttons to large pom-pom type blooms.

Zinnias are low maintenance, requiring only full sun and well-drained soil. They are very drought tolerant but if you water them, do not wet the leaves as they have a tendency to get powdery mildew, especially later in the season. Zinnias will bloom repeatedly all summer and make excellent cutting flowers for bouquets. In fact, they respond to frequent cutting by producing even more brilliant flowers. The bright yellows, oranges, reds, pinks, and purples of Zinnias shout “summer” and will light up every garden. - by C. Satterfield

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