Growing heirloom zinnia seeds in your garden
- 25 heirloom zinnia seed varieties
- Easy to grow
- Pollinator and hummingbird attractors
- Produces beautiful and exotic summer blooms
The best heirloom zinnias for a colorful garden
Heirloom zinnias are a gardener's dream since they are easy to cultivate from seed and maintain. Hummingbirds, butterflies, ladybugs, and bees are attracted to the beautiful flowers in a variety of colors and designs. These herbaceous annuals come in over 80 different kinds to suit any garden style. There's a zinnia for every need: tall, short, single, semi-double, and double flowered; huge, small—whatever you're seeking for, there's a zinnia for you. You could grow a different type each year and still have plenty of choices. It's no surprise that zinnias are one of the most widely grown plants on the globe. They've come a long way for a flower previously known as "sickness of the eyes."
Eden Brothers' Heirloom Lilliput Zinnia Seed Mix attracts butterflies, while the State Fair Zinnia Seed Mix or any of our big varieties create beautiful cut flowers. Try Eden Brothers' Heirloom Cherry Queen Zinnia Seeds or Canary Bird Zinnia Seeds for a splash of color, or go for a cottage garden look with Queen Lime Red Zinnia Seeds or the Heirloom Isn't This Romantic Zinnia Seed Mix.
Great companion plants for heirloom zinnias
Plant your heirloom zinnias beside pest-prone vegetables like tomatoes and peppers. These lovely blossoms attract helpful wasps and keep hungry beetles away from your hard work. Plant zinnias alongside dahlias (such as Eden Brothers' Wizard of Oz Dahlia Bulbs or Shirley Mix Dahlia Bulbs) or Eden Brothers' Single China Aster Seed Mix in strictly flower gardens.
What to know about growing heirloom zinnias
When all risk of freezing conditions has passed, direct sow heirloom zinnia seeds a week or so after the final frost date. Flowering may be prolonged through succession planting, which replaces faded flowers with fresh blooms. Plant on compost-enriched soil in a sunny location. Seeds germinate in a short amount of time. Thin seedlings once they've established themselves to allow for air circulation. To stimulate development, keep the soil wet and deadhead on a regular basis. Allow several flowers to fade and dry fully before the first harsh frost if you want your plants to self-seed. Seed heads will form and disperse seeds.
Planting locations for heirloom zinnias
Zinnia seeds work best in a massed planting, as an edging, or as container plants. Continue to sow heirloom zinnias all summer long, and you'll enjoy blooming till frost!
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for heirloom zinnia flower seed, see our Zinnia Seeds Planting Guide.