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Zinnia Elegans ‘Giant Dahlia Polar Bear’

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 1996

Good Qualities

Color (2); Flower head size (2); Long stems (2); Good strong thick stems, strong upright plants.; Good white.; Color is nice but quality easily lost. Earliest harvest was best.; Large flowers.


White flowers tend to turn brown around the edges (2).; Insect and other damage stands out more than with other varieties which may be overcome by more frequent harvesting.; Disease resistance low, no marketable flowers.; Plants seem weaker than the rest of the series.; Extremely slow and poor germination as well as slow growth following retarded establishment in the plots. In general, just a poor performer as a field grown cut flower (Olds, Alberta).


Favorite white zinnias of 3 trialed by us.; White tinged with green, not a bright white but useful in designs.; Our market loves bright ‘Mexican’ or Southwestern colors–not a lot of demand for white.; Surprisingly well received by the retailer, all colors moving well.; ‘Polar Bear’ was smaller than salmon.

Trial Data

Zinnia elegans ‘Giant Dahlia Polar Bear’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating¹ Repeat Again Rating¹ Ease of Cultivation Rating¹
Average 9.4 16.4 3.9 3.6 4.1

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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