What we love about planting zinnia seeds
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- Easy to grow
- Pollinator and hummingbird attractors
- Produce beautiful and exotic summer blooms
Growing Zinnias in your Garden
Easy to grow from seed and easy to care for, zinnias are a gardener's dream. Gorgeous blossoms in a myriad of colors and styles attract hummingbirds and butterflies, ladybugs and bees. And with more than 80 available varieties, these herbaceous annuals can match any garden aesthetic. Tall; short; single, semi-double, and double flowered; large; small—no matter what you're looking for, there's a zinnia to fill your criteria. You could plant a new variety every year and likely still never run out of options. Little wonder zinnia are one of the most cultivated plants on the planet. For a flower that was once called "sickness of the eyes" they've come a very long way.
Butterflies love Eden Brothers' Lilliput Zinnia Seed Mix, while the State Fair Zinnia Seed Mix or any of our giant varieties make lovely cut flowers. For dramatic color, try Eden Brothers' Cherry Queen Zinnia Seeds or Canary Bird Zinnia Seeds, or choose Queen Lime Red Zinnia Seeds or the Isn't This Romantic Zinnia Seed Mix for a cottage garden.
Zinnia Companion Plants
Plant zinnias with vegetables vulnerable to pests like tomatoes and peppers. These beautiful blooms attract beneficial wasps and deter beetles that want to make a meal of your hard work. For strictly flower gardens, try planting zinnias alongside dahlias (like Eden Brothers' Rembrandt Mix Dahlia Bulbs or Mystery Day Dahlia Bulbs) or Eden Brothers' Single China Aster Seed Mix.
When and How to Plant Zinnias
Direct sow zinnia seeds a week or so after the final frost date, when all chance of freezing temperatures has passed. Flowering can be extended by succession planting to replace fading flowers with new blossoms. Plant in soil enriched with compost in a sunny area. Seeds germinate quickly. Once established, thin seedlings to leave space for air circulation. Keep soil moist and deadhead regularly to encourage growth. If you would like your plants to self seed, allow several flowers to fade and dry completely before the first hard frost. Seed heads will develop and scatter seeds.
Zinnia seeds perform best massed in beds, used as edging, or as a container plant. Continue to seed zinnias throughout the summer and you will have blooms until frost!
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for zinnia flower seed, see our Zinnia Seeds Planting Guide.