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Zinnia 'Red Peruvian' Organic
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Zinnia 'Red Peruvian' Organic

Zinnia peruviana
Grow an antique flower and discover the simple forms and colors of true species Zinnias. Red Peruvian Zinnia has been commonly cultivated in America since the early 1800s, having traveled with botanists from its native Mexico and South America. Velvety red flowers age gracefully to a soft brick color, held aloft by handsome fluted stems.
SKU #S443OG
$4.00
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
50
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
1.5-2' x 1-1.5' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Rich, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Brick red
Features
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Beneficial Insects
Notable
Certified Organic Seed Available
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
1/8"
Sprout Time:
7-14 days
Seed To Bloom:
9-12 weeks
Starting Indoors:
6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 70-80°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Recommended. Direct sow in spring in full sun after last spring frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last spring frost, when night temperatures remain above 50°F.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Zinnias brighten up mixed borders, annual beds, and containers in full sun and compost-enriched, well-drained soil. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds will flock to these colorful flowers, for they provide plentiful nectar and pollen. They are easy to grow, sown directly in the garden or started indoors. Give them plenty of room to develop; one sowing method is to plant three seeds every 15-18" and thin out all but the most vigorous grower to ensure air circulation for healthy foliage and space to grow a strong, branching form. Pinch back when seedlings reach about 6-8" in height to encourage more branching and deadhead or cut for bouquets regularly for a midsummer to frost show.
Final Spacing:
1-1.5'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Tolerates drought, but performs best when watered regularly. Keep moist, watering only in the morning. Avoid wetting the leaves.
Soil pH:
Acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Mix in an organic, all-purpose granular fertilizer soon after planting out, and again when flowering begins.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid fungal issues by spacing properly and placing in a location with good air circulation. If problems arise, treat with an organic fungicide or neem oil. If slugs are troublesome, treat the surrounding soil with pelletized iron phosphate. Diatomaceous earth or crushed eggshells can also be spread on the surrounding soil to prevent or resolve this issue.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Freshly opened flowers. Make sure stems are firm and holding bloom upright.