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Profusion Double Hot Cherry Zinnia

We grew this lively mix in the front beds of our old farmhouse porch and discovered it is one impressive zinnia, forming mounds of continuous color that were adored by the butterflies. A short, mounding, self-branching type, and starts flowering about  9 weeks from seed. The flowers are around 2 “, in the vibrant colors of red, cherry, orange, and white. Grows 14-18” and is great to use for the edge of pathways, mass plantings, or in containers. Tolerates heat and humidity, and has resistant to powdery mildew. Profusion's performance is truly outstanding!  

20 seeds

 

PLANTING

Zinnia elegans

Annual 

Germination: 7-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF.

Seed Planting Depth: Lightly cover

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-85ºF. soil temperature. Transplant after last frost, space 8-12" apart. 

Sowing Outdoors: After the last frost when soil is over 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 8-12". Thin to the most robust seedlings. For shorter growing seasons they will bloom toward the end of the summer. We like to start seeds both ways, indoors and outdoors for an earlier and longer blooming. 

Growth Habit: Upright and branching

Height and Width: 14-18" by 14-18"

Spacing: 8-12" apart

Light Needs:  Full sun, part shade in hot climates

Soil Needs:  Loose, rich, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: 65-75 days

Uses: Cut flowers, flower beds, containers, attracts butterflies and beneficials. 

Care: Amend soil with compost before sowing or transplanting. Water seedlings regularly until established. Water well during dry spells. Pinch back plants when they are young for a bushier growth habit. Harvest flowers often for bouquets or deadhead to encourage more blooms.