Also known as
Jakobregop (Afr.), Youth and old age
This plant has no fragrance
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Zinnias provide a vibrant display for a summer garden. A wide variety of sizes and colours are available. The flowers are very long-lasting and tolerant of hot dry weather. They will be standing tall when other plants are wilting. Dead-heading the flowers will ensure a continuous display.
Common problems with Zinnia
Black spot, rust, and powdery mildew. To avoid these, keep foliage dry and soil moist. Zinnias planted too closely together in humid weather are more susceptible to these diseases.
Zinnia Companion Plants
Their ability to attract hummingbirds is also seen as useful as a defense against whiteflies, and therefore zinnias are a desirable companion plant, benefiting plants that are inter-cropped with it.
How to harvest Zinnia
Zinnias make excellent cut-flowers. Pick late afternoon or evening for the vase. Reserve dried flower heads for seeds.
How to propagate Zinnia
Collect dry flower heads. Gently remove seeds and store until the next season. After the last frost, sow directly into sunny garden beds.
Special features of Zinnia
Attracts useful insects
Butterflies and bees are attracted to the flowers.
Small dwarf varieties do well in pots.
Can tolerate dry conditions.
Other uses of Zinnia
Border, cutting bed, container. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.
Zinnias are popular garden plants with hundreds of cultivars in many flower colours, sizes and forms.