Hi, I’m Eric Allen from EdenBrothers.Com, and today we will be planting Salmon Queen Zinnias from seed. Zinnia, or Zinnia elegans, are a large seed that pack one heck of a punch. An annual, it grows virtually everywhere and can germinate in only five days. Most gardeners plant their zinnia seeds directly into the garden where they want them to bloom, so choose a good place with good soil, loosening the soil, and then just scatter the seeds. Unlike most wild flowers, zinnia seeds need to be sprinkled with about a quarter inch of soil. Just put it right on top of the seeds, and then establish seed to soil contact. Just tossing the seeds on the soil isn’t enough. You have to press them into the dirt like this.
In larger plantings, this can be done with a lawn roller or a piece of plywood. Then, watered until they sprout, which is usually in under a week. The hybridizers have been hard at work on zinnias, and among their more memorable colors is this one, which goes by the name Salmon Queen. Salmon Queen blooms about a foot high, and blooms beautifully at the front of a border. As for zones, as hardy as ever, zinnia is approved for all of them. In fact, they’re so easy to grow, you can plant them in spring or fall after frost. As the name would imply, zinnias definitely like sun, so whatever you do, don’t plant them in deep shade.
EdenBrothers.Com has Salmon Queen and many of the other zinnias by the packet or by the pound. I’m Eric Allen from EdenBrothers.Com, the seediest place on earth.