Zinnia - Lilliput Mixed
Zinnia Lilliput Mix is a stunning variety with Pompom-like flowers on strong stems in a wide range of colours which will brighten any garden.
Lilliput Mix is an early-flowering Zinnia and the flowers last until late autumn. The bees and butterflies will love the bright colours which come in a mixture of cherry, orange, pink, purple, scarlet, and yellow.
|When to sow||Indoors March to April, outdoors in May.|
|Where to sow||Sow indoors in moist compost filled pots or trays 0.5cm (1/4in) deep and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a warm position (temperature of 20-23°C (68-75°F) is ideal).|
|Sow direct outdoors in flowering position, 0.5cm (1/4in) deep.|
|What to do next||For seeds sown indoors , when seedlings are large enough to handle and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 30cm (12in) apart.|
|Take care not to damage the root system when transplanting the seedlings.|
|Thin the seedlings sown direct outdoors out so they are 30cm (12in) apart. Carefully replant thinned plants to fill any gaps.|
|Water well until plants are established.|
|Deadhead to prolong flowering and encourage new flower buds.|
|Flowering period||July to October.|
|Handy tips||Zinnias make terrific cut flowers, and cutting the flowers encourages new blooms.|
|Cut stems before the flower is open for cut flowers.|
|Uses||Zinnias can be gown in pots and containers or added to mixed borders, Blooms can be cut and used in small floral bouquets or arrangements.|