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Zinnia ‘Oklahoma Carmine’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004
Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Zinnia 'Oklahoma Carmine'

Good Qualities

Rich color (10); High yield (4); OK hardiness; Very strong stems, Good; Nice stems; Way to go Benary Seed Co., my new favorite color of ‘Oklahoma’ Zinnia; Good doubleness, long strong stems; Good for bouquets; Mostly double flowers; given a better understanding of this little guy, we may be able to make money with it.


No particular problems; Powdery mildew – mid Aug. (Zone 5); Flower heads too small; Got powdery mildew faster than the other colors; Some variation in color among 12 plants; Very irregular in flower head size; Customers prefer large zinnias; Small, branching flowers and stems; Bad powdery mildew.


Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.


Similar to other Benary zinnias; My customers also loved this one; They always bought it all!; The addition of these 3 colors makes the ‘Oklahoma’ Mix more complete; Most of the test was spent trying to figure out how to handle this compared to bigger zinnias with longer stems; by the time we figured out how, when and where to cut, they were fizzled; Will not plant again, takes too long to harvest; flowers, some single, some double.

Trial Data

Zinnia ‘Oklahoma Carmine’
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 12.5 16.5 3.0 4.0 3.8 3.8 4.5 113 8.1
Range of Responses 4-35 9-23 2-4 3-5 3-5 2-5 4-5 36-144 5-18

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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