Zinnia, 'Queen Red Lime'
(Zinnia elegans) Our love affair with zinnias began long ago when we were market farmers. Back then we were the only ones to bring huge buckets of the brightly flaming flowers to market. We owned their gaudiness and loved it. Today the love affair continues and, as love affairs do, has evolved. Still in love with the bright screamers and now also in love with the quiet and subtle tones although I’m not sure Queen Red Lime would totally count as subdued! The bright pink center is cooled by the next pale green petals that fade into pale pinks. Ever evolving, these zinnias change colors as they mature and range from dark to light antique pinks. Double, semi-double and rarely single blooms on long cutting stems. Give them space. Ours grew at least 3.5’tall and bushy. Cut them often and they will bloom until mild frost.
75-85 days. UO, WG
Packet: 75 seeds
Product Code: ZIN-QR-pkt
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Sow indoors 4 weeks before your last frost.
Transplant out after danger of frost.
Direct sow after last frost.
Note: Take care to keep plants from becoming root-bound and be very gentle when transplanting. If desired, you may sow/transplant every 2 weeks for production flower farming.
9-12" in rows 1.5-2' apart.
3-7 days @ soil temp 75-85F
Full sun to part shade
Medium. Tolerant to most soil types but prefers rich, evenly mosit soil with a pH between 6.0-7.
While not absolutely necessary, you may provide a staking or netting to keep them upright and tidy.
Be gentle with the roots when transplanting to avoid stress that can cause more single (as opposed to doubled) flowers.
To encourage branching, pinch initial bud when 12" tall.
Zinnias appreciate some cooler time and/or shade.
Continue to cut and deadhead and the plant will be wildly floriferous!
Stiff cut stems have a 7+ day vase life.