Single Packet of 250 Seeds
Add a dramatic display of color to your garden with our Carrousel Zinnia Mix. This is an heirloom variety of zinnia that got its name due to the spiral of color it presents. A popular addition to cut flower arrangements and flower beds, the Carrousel Zinnia Mix is a classic favorite that will bring a timeless beauty to your home
About the Carrousel Zinnia Mix
These single-blooming flowers stand apart from other varieties of zinnias due to their multi-colored petals. These blossoms bloom into a vibrant array of pinks, reds, and oranges that are tipped with white, pale pink, or yellow, creating a whirl of vivid color. The bright, showy blooms are typically 2 to 3 inches wide, but sometimes will reach an impressive 4-inch width. The Carrousel Zinnia itself stands on a tall, straight stem with dark, green leaves and typically reaches a height between 12 and 20 inches tall.
The gorgeous Carrousel Zinnia is an excellent option to grow in flower beds due to its color and hardiness. They grow well in containers, too, especially if you are using a larger, deep flower pot or container. While it is an annual flower, meaning it only grows for one season, it provides lovely color and fragrance all summer long. Birdwatchers and nature lovers will enjoy that the Carrousel Zinnia attracts pollinators including hummingbirds, butterflies, and honeybees.
For gardeners just starting out, the Carrousel Zinnia Mix is a great option due to the hardiness of the annuals. Not only do they tolerate the heat of summer, but they are easy to grow and don't require a lot of experience or upkeep to thrive. Experienced gardeners will love them for their classic beauty, vivid colors, and delightful fragrance.
About the Zinnia
Named after the German botanist, Johann Gottfried Zinn, the zinnia itself is a genus of plants that is part of the daisy family. Zinnias are native to the southwestern United States, Mexico, and parts of South America. They flourish in drought conditions and extreme heat.
Once they were introduced in Europe in the 1700s, they rapidly grew in popularity. They soon became popular around the world, and gardeners began breeding zinnias to grow in different heights, colors, and amount of blooms. Approximately 100 different varieties of zinnias have been cultivated. In floriography, the language and symbolism of flowers popular in the 1800s, a zinnia is meant to mean "thinking of absent friends."
Uses for Zinnias
While zinnias are not an edible flowers, they make an excellent companion plant to edible gardens. They attract pollinators which is excellent for garden health, and they do a great job repelling common pests. They even keep deer and rabbits out of the garden.
Zinnias, especially the Carrousel Zinnia Mix, are often grown to be included in crafts or cut flower arrangements. Because the stem is straight and tall, they cut easily and smoothly, and the bloom is large and eye-catching. The bi-color nature of the Carrousel variety makes it even more popular than many other varieties of zinnia.
Whether you are just planning your flower bed or you want to replenish your seeds for another season of gardening, give the Carrousel Zinnia Mix a whirl! This lovely variety will bring an amazing amount of classic beauty to your garden without taking up all of your time with upkeep. Your yard will be filled with not just the color and fragrance of the flowers, but also with brightly colored butterflies and hummingbirds that will flock to your yard.
- Type: Flower
- Color: Mixture
- Height: 12" to 20" Tall
- Width: 12" to 18" Spread
- Season: Annual
- Zones: 3 to 10
- Environment: Full sun
Sowing The Seed
Zinnias are not particularly fond of being transplanted, however they can be started indoors. It is recommended to sow them in peat pots, so that the entire pot can be transplanted later on to prevent root shock. If started outdoors, be sure to turn the soil, or throw down new soil in it's place. Sow the seeds at a shallow depth of 1/4” under topsoil, when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.
Zinnias will prefer an area of full sunlight with temperatures that exceed 60F, but germinate best at 80F. Although they are adaptable to many mediums, it is best to use a soil that is humus rich and fertile. Drainage is crucial, so replacing any hard, compact soil with a fresh mixture of compost is recommended. Water daily so that the soil remains moist until germination has successfully occurred.
Germination & Growth
Your Zinnias will begin to emerge in roughly 7 to 10 days after sowing. The plants will reach a mature height of about 12 to 20 inches tall and can be spaced roughly 12 inches apart from one another. This Carousel Mixture will produce beautiful and unique, multicolored flowers. The colors range from pink, red, orange and yellow and have a secondary color to accent each bloom. Zinnias will attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies and various bees.