Zinnia elegans



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Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’

Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’ bears unusual lime green, large semi double dahlia-like blooms, on long stems. S0 it is a perfect all-rounder for garden display, showy pots, or popular floristry flowers.
And there is nothing like it for the envy green colour.

Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’ makes an excellent cut flower

Zinnias symbolize thoughts of absent friends in the old language of flowers.
Though florists love them because they are so durable, long lasting and easy to use in bouquets and arrangements. With Zinnia flowers lasting beautifully for up to two weeks in the vase.
But Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’ is a floristry superstar because of it’s exceptional colour.

Long blooming beauty

Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’ is very long blooming with long lasting flowers, plus a constant procession of new buds emerging.
Thus providing excellent colour and cut flower value from early summer right through to the end of autumn and the first frosts.
And it is a splendid “cut & come again” plant. Because the more blooms you cut the more it produces.

Great bee food

Bees and butterflies cannot believe their luck with this long blooming smorgasbord of nectar and pollen, served up right through summer and autumn.
So they make ideal companions in the veggie and picking garden as they haul in the pollinators.

Repellent to rabbits and deer

Fortunately rabbits and deer are unlikely to find the flavour of Zinnias palatable.

Easy to grow in the garden or field

Grow Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’ in well-drained soils.
It prefers lighter soils, from the sandy side to good garden loam. But can also tolerate clay based soils as long as they are opened up with plenty of organic matter to improve drainage.
It is also tolerant of a wide range of soil pH, from acid to alkaline lime based soils.
But do not over fertilize for best flowering results.


Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’ is a water-wise plant to grow, requiring only minimal additional water during hot periods.
They relish summer heat and are drought resistant.

Recently bred ‘Envy’ is even tougher

Zinnias bask in the sun, and like plenty of fresh air movement.
So they are ideal for more exposed sites and sea-side gardens, with their strong, stout stems.
They are after all natives of Mexico, and southwestern America. And as such well adapted to summer heat.
However Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’ has been recently bred to be even more adaptable, hardy and easy.
So it is more tolerant of Partial Shade than other older Zinnia varieties.
With increased resistance to mildew.

Quick & easy from seed to flower

Zinnias generally take around 60 days from seed to flowering given good temperatures.

Traditional medicinal plant

Zinnias were commonly used by native North American peoples for anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory medicines.
Though some tribes also believed the flowers should be regularly fed to children to improve their IQ.

Prolific blooming annual.
60-75cm. High with eye catching green double flowers x 75cm. Wide bushy foliage.


Very suitable for beginners & gardening with kids

Zinnias can be started very quickly from seed indoors. Ready for earliest possible flowers and longest possible flower production.
But do prick them out quickly from their seedling punnets as they quickly develop a long, strong root system.
Though they can also be very successfully sown direct into the garden. But you need to wait until day and night temperatures are quite warm.

INDOORS: First sow the seed in a punnet on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently press the seeds onto the surface of the mix, to ensure good contact.

Now cover the seeds only very lightly to a maximum depth of 1.5mm.
And you can use sieved mix, or fine grit, or vermiculite, or washed sand to sprinkle over the seeds.

Then place the sown punnet into a shallow water bath and allow the moisture to percolate up through the mix from the bottom to the surface.

Now place the moist punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in any direct sun).

Zinnia love warmth to sprout

Temperatures of 22-29°C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
And do use a temperature-controlled heat mat if you have one, to keep the heat up and encourage rapid germination A warm window-sill or well-lit corner is also fine once temperatures are warm enough.

Adding a clear plastic cover or plastic bag helps to retain moisture in the punnet.

And continue to keep the punnet moist by spraying the surface of the mix with a fine spray water bottle as required.

Seedlings emerge in approx. 3-7 days.

SEED COUNT: 60 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).

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