Zinnia ‘Giant Scarlet’
Year Trialed: 2008
Eye catching brilliant red color (11); Large flowers (3); Prolific (2); Matches rest of BG series in size and bloom time, good doubleness and even color; Easy to grow, bloomed for most of the growing season; Strong stems, especially in September, little mildew problems; Great plant; Nice form, robust; Full blooms with many layers of petals; People and hummingbirds like zinnias; Tall, attractive, with large double flowers; about 4 days earlier than ‘Giant Carmine Rose’; Stiff stem; Scarlet can’t handle any rain or petals get marked with white bruise-like defects, couldn’t sell once we started getting rain showers in Sept.
ProblemsColor was not always uniform, some blooms were orange, others were deep scarlet (2); None (2); All had to be sprayed for fungus, especially with our very rainy summer; Too short, especially in my later plantings; We had the usual problem of short holding for all zinnias, problems with Japanese beetles and leaf spot; Poor germination, 10 out of 48 plants made it to flowering; Unattractive white spots on some flowers may have been from insect damage or dew, very noticable against bright background; Weak neck and melt down at times; Size/diameter of blooms decreased with each cut, could somewhat be restored with severe cut back of side shoots; Mildew; Standard zinnia problems, weak neck, barely acceptable vase life, not enough of the nice big really double flowers; Slugs devoured seedlings as they emerged so I replanted twice, they have really just started to produce in the last few weeks; Sensitive to our high EC water.
Similar CultivarsI didn’t find these that different from the other giants I’ve grown.
PostharvestPlain water (2); Remove about 1/3 of lower leaves; Surface sterilize stems in a 10% bleach solution, we don’t use floral preservative with zinnias, we avoid keeping them in the cooler.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating¹||Repeat Again Rating¹||Ease of Cultivation Rating¹||Average Spacing (in2)||Average Postharvest Life (days)|
|Range of Responses||1-40||7-30||1-4||4-5||4-5||1-5||2-5||24-252||6-14|
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178