If you are looking for brilliantly colored flowers that spill over the edge of containers, consider growing Mexican zinnia (Zinnia haageana). This spreading groundcover blooms in bright colors all season long. For more information about Mexican zinnia flowers, read on. We’ll explain how to grow this plant and provide tips on Mexican zinnia plant care.
What is Mexican Zinnia?
What is Mexican zinnia? It’s an annual with daisy-like flowers in vivid orange, yellow, pink, or white. Mexican zinnia flowers bloom prolifically all season long in sunny locations. Mexican zinnia flowers are ideal for sunny locations in warm climates. These spreading zinnia plants make great groundcover in summers, but they are also bright and lovely in beds or pots.
If you are wondering how to grow Mexican zinnias, the fact is, you can hardly go wrong. Mexican zinnias are easy plants to grow and an excellent choice for beginning gardeners and even children. Growing Mexican zinnias will also appeal to any gardener who is seeking a big impact in exchange for a very minimal effort.
How to Grow Mexican Zinnias
These flowers adapt to any sunny location and are perfect for flower beds, mixed borders, containers, window boxes, or hanging baskets.
Plant Mexican zinnia seeds during the springtime in warm regions. These plants are hot weather specialists and thrive in USDA zones 11 and 12.
According to those growing Mexican zinnias, these plants get 12 to 18 inches (30.5 to 45.5 cm.) tall. You’ll want to plant them about 12 inches (30.5 cm.) apart to give them ample room to develop. Zinnias require good air circulation between plants to stay healthy.
Mexican Zinnia Plant Care
Start growing Mexican zinnias in fertile soil. Water your flowers sufficiently often to keep the soil moist. However, water in the morning, never late in the day.
If you want to feed the Mexican zinnias, use a mild liquid plant food every two weeks or so. Otherwise, Mexican zinnia plant care is a snap, requiring only irrigation and regular deadheading to keep the flowers looking their best.
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Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.
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