Zinnia - Persian Carpet
Zinnia Persian Carpet mix produces double and semi-double blooms of mahogany-red, orange and gold flowers. The blooms will be long-lasting in both the garden and as a cut flower, and will bring butterflies and bees into the sunny annual bed or patio container garden all season long.
Zinnias are very easy to grow and require little attention once established. Persian Carpet Mix is cut-and-come-again, meaning that as soon as you cut or deadhead one bloom, another will grow in its place.
|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.|