Zinnia Cactus Mix produces large blooms with curled petals in a wide array of beautiful pastel colors. This zinnia mix produces large, double blooms that can have a diameter as large as 5.” Bloom colors include scarlet, rose, orange, white and yellow. Plants can grow as tall as 36″ and the foliage is usually 12″ wide. These make a great ground cover when planted densely in the vegetable garden.
Zinnia Cactus Mix has strong stems which hold the big blooms and keep them from breaking the stems. This is a perfect variety for cut flower production. Harvest flowers when blooms are just opening for best results. Remove the leaves on the stems below the bloom for optimal longevity. Blooms will keep for several weeks in with adequate water in a jar or vase.
Zinnia Cactus Mix can be direct seeded or transplanted. Due to the papery texture of the seed and the oblong seed size, zinnias do not plant well with a walk-behind planter. As a result, direct-seeding must be done by hand. To direct seed, create a small furrow in the soil and scatter the zinnia seed along the furrow. Use a garden rake to lightly cover the seed and pack the planted area. Zinnias grow well when planted on double rows with drip irrigation. Lay one row of drip tape and plant on both sides of the tape to maximize garden space. Zinnias also perform well when transplanted. They grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Transplants are ready to go in the ground when plants can be easily pulled from the seed starting trays. Zinnias are very heat-tolerant and will continue to produce throughout the warm months of summer. To maximize production, prune or “dead-head” plants to promote development of new blooms.
Zinnia Cactus Mix Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant or direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 6″
Row Spacing: 2′
Days to Maturity: 75
Disease Resistance: None