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Zinnia 'Giant Dahlia Mix'
Zinnia 'Giant Dahlia Mix' Seeds
If you love Dahlias you will love these Zinnias. Giant Dahlia mix is very similar to the Benary’s Giant series with lots of fully double Dahlia-like flowers on long strong stems. There will also be some semi-double and single flowers too and this is a cost effective way of growing a lot of lovely Zinnia Flowers. Blooms are produced for months on end in the most beautiful rich shades of yellow, orange, rose pink, red, wine, coral and purple. It's a must for the cutting garden! They are brilliant for adding a touch of colour and lovely for cut flowers. Bees and butterflies love Zinnias too. Recommended by the RHS as Perfect for pollinators.
Zinnias are natives of
. They thrive in the sun and dislike wet weather. If you can provide a sunny spot and well drained soil then you will be rewarded with buckets of flowers from mid summer until late autumn. This variety Giant Dahlia Mix is popular because it has good strong stems and as the name suggests lovely large blooms. Best of all the more flowers you cut the more you get!
'Giant Dahlia Mix'
Half Hardy Annual
Height & Spread
90cm/3 feet tall x 30cm/1 foot wide
Sow under cover in April in cells or small pots… Zinnias need light to germinate. Pinch out tips when plants have four true leaves. Zinnias prefer not to be over watered or have their roots disturbed so plant outside carefully after the last frost. Alternatively Zinnia 'Giant Dahlia Mix' can be sown direct into the flowering position from May onwards. Watch out for slugs – they love Zinnia seedlings!
Plant out well developed young plants in May 30cm/1 foot apart. Remove the first tall flower when it reaches 45cm/18 inches to encourage the production of side shoots.
Zinnias are Mexican plants so they thrive in sun and dislike wet weather. Grow them in moist but well drained soil in a sunny spot for best results. Tall Zinnias grown for cut flowers need netting support and regular feeding to encourage flower production.
Takes 12-14 weeks from seed to flowering. Zinnias flower from mid summer until late autumn usually for a good three months. Successive sowings will give you flowers until the first frosts.
Pick flowers when the flowers are fully open and the stem is stiff (if it is soft and bendy then wait a day or two) then remove all leaves and side shoots. Leave in deep water for several hours in a shady place to condition. Zinnias last 7 -10 days in a vase.
Grow Zinnias with other half hardy annuals such as Cosmos, Dahlias and Nicotiana.