- Growing Tips
Attract Pollinators: Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds love these big, boldly colored blooms; and they’re great for cut flower displays as well.
Flowers Your Way: Zinnias work well planted with other flower varieties in mixed wildflower gardens; or planted separately in more orderly, manicured gardens.
Bold Colors: This mixed packet includes assorted flower colors including canary yellow, gold, orange, rose red, scarlet, green, coral pink, fuchsia and purple.
Freshly Packed: These seeds are packed for the current growing season and will provide high germination rates next year as well.
Premium Packaging: All seeds from The Old Farmer’s Almanac are packaged in individually styled packets ideal for gifts, storage or immediate use. Each packet displays the flower, vegetable, plant or herb variety on the front with instructions and plant facts on the back.
Sow outdoors in rich, moist, well-drained soil, after the danger of frost has passed and daytime temperatures are above 55-60o F. Cover with a minimal amount of soil. Once seedlings reach 3-4 inches tall, thin to one plant every 10-12 inches. Zinnias are prone to mildew, so water carefully at the bottom of the plant to avoid wetting stems or leaves. Zinnias will thrive with a bit of neglect, so let the soil dry out at bit between waterings.
Encourage more Zinnias by deadheading whenever flowers look tired or worn. Just cut stems diagonally, above a fresh set of leaves, and a new bloom should grow.
In colder climates, start inside 4 weeks before the last frost and transplant outside after hardening.
Wit & Wisdom: It’s said that zinnias symbolize thoughts of absent friends. Read The Old Farmer's Almanac Zinnias Growing Guide!
Help Your Plants Thrive with Weed Control: Weeds compete with vegetables, flowers and other plants for water, space and nutrients. Give your plants their best life by keeping weeds under control with Organic Weed Barrier Paper, mulch or careful weeding.
Are Your Seeds Non-GMO? What Does Non-GMO Mean?
Non-GMO means seeds (or other products) that were produced without genetic engineering and were not derived from GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). All of our seeds are non-GMO.
Where do Your Seeds Come From?
Most of the seeds offered on our site are USA Origin seeds sourced from certified US based suppliers. We do also source a small number of seeds from other countries. To view the specific origin of any of our current seed offerings, check the seed packet or look in the specifications for "Country of Origin" on any product page.
Are Your Seeds Packed for the Current Growing Season?
All of our seed packets are packed for the current growing season. If stored properly they will provide high germination rates for 1-2 additional years as well.
How Can I Store My Seeds Safely for Use in the Future?
Our seeds will generally retain their high germination rates for several years from the date of purchase. If you're planning on saving your seeds for us in the future, the most important thing to remember that seeds like to be stored where it is cool, dry and dark. The easiest way to ensure this for long term storage at home is to double-seal your seeds inside two zipper style bags and then place them in the freezer. (Make sure you label your seeds for future reference if they're not in original packaging.) When you're ready to plant your seeds, take just the ones you want to use out of the freezer and let them sit on a counter, in a covered container, for a few days to thaw and stabilize before being planted. To preserve germination rates, minimize temperature, light and humidity fluctuations by storing your seeds at the back of the freezer and only taking them out when you're ready to use them.
The Package with my Seeds in was Left Outside in Freezing and/or Rainy Weather. Will the Seeds Still Work?
As long as your seeds have not gotten wet they should work fine. Freezing temperatures will not hurt the seeds.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Premium Zinnia Seeds (Dahlia Mix)
|Seed Count||Approximately 200 Seeds|
|Packed for Year||2023 - These seeds are packed for the current growing season and will provide high germination rates next year as well.|
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Seed Type||Non-GMO, Premium, Open Pollinated, Flower|
|Hardiness Zone||USDA 3-10|
|Scientific (Latin) Name||Zinnia elegans|
|When to Plant||Spring|
|Planting Depth||1/4 Inch|
|Plant Spacing||10-12 Inches|
|Row Spacing||10-12 Inches|
|Light Preference||Full Sun|
|Soil Preference||Rich, moist, well-drained|
|Moisture Preference||Water carefully at the bottom of the plant to avoid wetting stems or leaves.|
|Time to Germination||5-15 Days|
|Time to Maturity / Harvest||90-100 Days|
|Growth Habit||30-40 Inch Tall Shrubs|
|Plant Height||30-40 Inches|
|Re-Seeding||Seeds Will Drop and Self Sow for Next Year Unless Dead Headed|
|Deadheading||Deadhead whenever flowers look tired or worn.|