Organic Persian Carpet Zinnia
2 to 3′ tall | 55 days to flower | Zinnia haageana
Bursting with gold, saffron and crimson blooms, we adore this vividly vivacious zinnia! Shorter than the classic zinnia, each robust 2 to 3-foot plant is covered in extraordinary 2-inch pom-pom style double blooms on long, strong stems that hold up well in summer heat and rain, making Persian Carpet perfect for cut flowers. These photos are from my sister’s wedding bouquets!
To see if a zinnia is at peak harvest for cutting, gently shake the stem from about eight inches below the bloom. If the stem bends even slightly, it’s not quite ready. Once the stem is stiff, harvest! We find zinnias last well over one week in a vase and often two, if kept out of direct sun.
Zinnias thrive in gardens as well as raised beds and containers & the more you harvest, the more they bloom.
At Fruition, we sow organic zinnia seeds indoors in soil blocks four weeks before final frost or directly into the soil after final frost with one foot between plants.
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