Zinnia 'Cherry' - SeedZinnia elegans 'Cherry'
The perfect cut flower!
Who wouldn’t want this fiery Mexican beauty in their garden? The beautiful, large-flowered cherry red zinnia can sometimes reach a height of 90 cm and is therefore the perfect flower for cutting! In the border or the cut flower garden, this flower should not be missing. Remove spent flowers regularly for an exuberant bloom.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreZinnia seed requires no prior treatment.
How to SowSow indoors, February-April.
Sow in the garden, April through June.
There are three ways to sow:
- From February, the simplest manner indoors is to use a propagator for on the window-sill. Fill the little pots with seeding compost and plant one see per pot. Cover with 1 cm soil, press carefully down and sprinkle with water. Heat will do the rest. Pot the seedlings up after a month to a slightly larger pot and then from May, they can go outdoors. Hold them back by standing in a cooler position (the cold-frame perhaps) if they look like being big enough to go outdoors but the weather is not yet good enough.
- Sow in the garden, preferably in full sun from the end of April through June. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm deep. Draw a straight furrow 1 cm deep and label the row. Sow carefully along the row, cover with 1 cm soil, press firmly down and sprinkle with water. Extra row at 30 cm apart.
- Sow directly where you want them to grow in the border but do sow thinly. Cover with 1 cm soil, press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Thin out to 10 cm for the low growing variety, 25 cm for tall ones. These will flower slightly later: August-October.
Plant them out at 10 cm intervals for low growers, 25 cm for the tall variety. Zinnias like it warm so choose a sunny spot! Improve poor soil by adding some potting compost to the planting site. Be careful when watering - only water your zinnias when the soil feels dry to the touch.
Show moreWater extra in dry periods, keep the bed weed-free and your Zinnias will thrive. They love a good fertile soil but do not like wet feet. Place them in a sunny spot and they will flower from June to the first frost. Keep deadheading to promote reflowering. Feed monthly for profuse flowering.
FloweringFlowering period: June to October.
Zinnias make great cut flowers! They will eventually grow on lovely long stems (depending on variety of course). Simply cut the stems with a knife. Great in a summery bouquet. Do keep deadheading to encourage more flowers.
Show moreThe zinnia originated in Mexico where it grows naturally to 1.2 metres! It has been a familiar sight in Europe for 300 years now but has been hybridised many times over the years, giving us very many varieties. There are singles, doubles, tall and low growing and lots of different flower shapes too.
The flowers are characterised by their bright colouring. They make the perfect cut flower and attract lots of bees and butterflies. In short, the zinnia should definitely be in your garden!
Zinnia elegans 'Cherry' consists of a tall growing variety (90 cm) with large double blooms in various, bright colours.
How to useThe zinnia is an annual and are more well known as a border and bedding plant but will look great in pots on your patio or decking too. Choose a warm spot, they will appreciate it! Zinnias are profuse flowerers that like lots of sun, and a fertile, well-drained soil.
The flowers look lovely in a vase for a summery bouquet! Cut the stems with a sharp knife and stand them in water with some cut flower feed. Stand the vase in a prominent position, indoors or out.