Zinnias offer an assortment of bloom colors and shapes on plants that range from 1 to 4 feet tall. Many are great for cutting. If you garden in a humid area, try the newer mildew-resistant varieties, such as ‘Oklahoma’ or ‘Profusion’.
To start seeds indoors: Start Z. elegans cultivars 4 weeks before your last frost date; start slower-growing Z. angustifolia 6 to 8 weeks before that date. Sow the seeds in individual peat pots, barely covering them with soil. Maintain a temperature of 70° to 80°F until the seeds sprout—about a week. Then, lower the temperature to about 60°F. Transplant to the garden around the last frost date.
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