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#44 – Zinnia Variety Comparison

by | Jul 6, 2023

Wondering which varieties of zinnias to grow in your garden or on your farm? Today, Lisa and Layne compare some of the most common zinnias grown for cut flower production. First, they discuss how to determine if you still have time to sow zinnia seeds for a fall crop. Then, for each cultivar (Benary’s Giants, Uproar Rose, Oklahoma, Queen / Queeny, Zowie, and Giant Cactus), they cover the bloom size, plant height, days to maturity, seed type (open pollinated versus hybrid), color selections (including favorites for late summer and fall bouquets), the occurrence of single blooms versus double, plant productivity, powdery mildew resistance, and how many plants to grow in relation to other zinnia varieties. Listen to the podcast and learn about the unique qualities of each variety and why they are all worth growing!

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The “Seed Talk with Lisa & Layne” podcast is produced by The Gardener’s Workshop and co-hosted by Lisa Mason Ziegler and Layne Angelo. Lisa is the founder and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop, where Layne works as Seed Manager. Lisa is the award-winning author of Vegetables Love Flowers and Cool Flowers and the publisher of Flower Farming School Online, Farmer-Florist School Online, and Florist School Online. Watch Lisa’s Story and connect with her on social media. Layne is an avid gardener, seed starter, and engineer who loves learning and applying her technical knowledge to all areas of life, including gardening and growing flowers. Thanks for joining us!