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Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Wine’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2009


Good Qualities

Gorgeous color (7); Full flowers (2); Great addition to our collection of zinnia varieties to grow; Color mixed well with many other flowers for bouquets, nice accent, germination was good, plants grew well and didn’t get mildew until late in season when cool weather started, many stems were not cut because they were short, but that made for a nice color in the field, there were still many useful stems; Attractive, large flower; Good plant vigor, almost no mildew problems, high quality stems; All so far have been fully double when ‘Benary Yellow’ and ‘Benary Scarlet’ in the same hoophouse are mixed doubles and singles, especially ‘Benary Yellow’, this zinnia is stunning and I highly recommend it; Huge, productive, healthy plants; Size – fully double, too bad it isn’t as consistent as ‘Uproar Rose’; 4 days into vase life turned a beautiful purple!; Outstanding quality of bloom; Good vase life, beautiful color that adds to the range of color already in the series, florist repeatedly requested that “burgundy”-colored zinnia, my crew loved working with it in bouquets; Prolific, bloomed all season, nice long stems.


No problems (3); Occasionally, flowers were irregular or misshapen; Same as other zinnias; Poor season to trial heat lovers – cold and wet here – ruined flowers; Variable stem lengths on first cut, powdery mildew set in before plants could produce many blooms on a single plant.

Similar Cultivars

Grows the same as other Benary zinnias (3); Other zinnias; ‘Benary’s Giant Purple’.


I liked the flower for its unique color and the plant grew very nicely, it was full and had many stems each week; Vivid solid color; Postharvest “comparable to others”; Loved this flower! very bold; Was expecting a different colour from the description (wine/merlot); A new favorite; Harvested 7/22 to 8/11 (Planted in the field 6/10, Zone 5); Cornell Trial yield: 6 stems in field, 2 stems in tunnel and length: 23 inches in field, 22 inches in tunnel.


Postharvest in water (2); Floralife; Cool water, Floralife, cool after cutting and don’t leave in heat of the field. See separate postharvest report in this issue for results from NC State University postharvest evaluations.

Trial Data

Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Wine’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating¹ Repeat Again Rating¹ Ease of Cultivation Rating¹ Average Spacing (in2) Average Postharvest Life (days)
Wholesale Retail Consumer
Average 12.3 19.7 4.7 4.3 4.5 4.9 4.6 117 7.2
Range of Responses 1-60 10-30 3-5 3-5 4-5 4-5 3-5 36-252 5-10
¹1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.


Benary Seed
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

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