Polar Bear - 3661
When to Plant: Direct sow in early spring after the danger of frost has passed. Sequential plantings every 2 to 4 weeks apart will provide continuous color and bouquets.
Fresh Cut Flowers: Harvest bouquets in early morning or late afternoon hours. Collect flowers that are completely open, removing leaves below the water line. Zinnias have a vase life of 5 - 7 days. Overhead watering is not recommended. Harvest flowers regularly to encourage more blooms.
Requirements: Adores full sunshine, prefers well drained soil. To reduce diseases, plant in areas that have good air circulation. Ph between 6.0 to 6.5. Apply fertilizer at a rate of 1.5 to 2.0 pounds of actual nitrogen per 1,000 sq ft. Use 1-1-1 ratio fertilizer is adequate. Apply a portion of fertilizer at planting, some in late June and a final application August 1st.
Average Planting Success: 80%
Height: 2 - 2 1/2 feet
Germination: 5 - 14 days
Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 75°F
Sowing Depth: 1/4 to 1/2 inches
Blooming Period: June - November First blooms appear 6 to 7 weeks after emergence.
Seeds/Pkt: 100 - covers 10 sq. ft.
1 oz Covers: 272 sq.ft.
1/4 pound Covers: 1,089
1 Pound Covers: 4,356 sq.ft
Seeding Rate: 10 lbs. per acre