days to maturity: 75-90 days
plant spacing: 4 per square foot
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: leaf miners
harvest notes: harvest as cut flower with 8” stem
State Fair is a colorful mix of varieties in single and double blooms from yellow, orange, pink, red, fuscia and purple color ways.
Zinnias are our favorite cut flower variety for sure because they come in the most amazing color schemes and they are the number one most heat tolerant non-tropical looking cut flower on the market. Even though you might not think you need or want cut flowers in your garden you can squeeze a few of these in-between your veggies or on the edges of your bed and you’ll be so glad you did when they start to pop with ornate colors.
You can transplant zinnia seedlings or direct seed them in your garden just make sure when direct seeding you keep the seeds moist through germination and don't overplant. The number one mistake made with direct seeding is planting way too many plants per square foot because it feels silly to pull two little seeds out of a package of hundreds and dropping them into your soil however, if you're going to overplant to make sure you get the amount of plants you want in a space, you absolutely must thin them about 10 days after germination.
Zinnias also tolerate our humid and intensely hot summer weather, which is absolutely crazy!