Zinnia ‘Queen Lime Red’

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Zinnia ‘Queen Lime Red’

Zinnia elegans

The dusty matt faces give Zinnia’s a rare and exotic beauty.

Along with ‘Zinnia Lime Blush’ this Red variety is in my top favourite Zinnia’s of all time.

When selling flowers this one sold out every week!

During the heat wave of 2022 these Zinnia’s didn’t flinch, it was almost 40°C in the garden and a scorching 56°C undercover in the polytunnel!

Zinnia’s grow well undercover and very tall, just keep them well watered.

A long standing favourite and is now part of my new ‘All the Queens’ custom blend.

How to grow:

Zinnias resent cold wet conditions, avoid frost at all costs and give seeds a warm germination period.

Sow one seed per cell covering lightly with compost.

Don’t allow Zinnias to get root bound, this will delay flowering and the stress can cause the flowers to bloom as singles.

Plant 22cm apart in well-drained soil with full sun.

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Variety:  Zinnia elegans
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun, well-drained soil
Sow: Spring
Space: Plant 22cm
Height: 60 -75cm (undercover plants can reach 100cm)
Harvest: June/July onwards
Seeds per packet: 30

Cutting /Vase Life:

FLOWERING: Pick when stems are firm and the flower heads don’t wobble. To test, hold stems halfway down and gently wiggle back and forth. If the neck of the Zinnia flower wobbles, it’s not ready to Pick.

Zinnia’s can dirty the water in vases, to keep it clear simply change water regularly or add a drop of bleach to the water. Click for more detailed information on conditioning.