garden totally dedicated to zinnias, both
landscape and tall cut flower types like Uproar
Rose can provide a summer of beauty.
has been eight years, and it is still causing an uproar
in the gardening world. If you are an avid gardener,
then you probably caught my ‘tongue and cheek’ on
one of the best zinnias to ever hit the market, Uproar
Rose. This beauty gives you bouquets for the vase and
living arrangements in the landscape.
Rose was selected in 2009 as the Cut Flower of the Year
by the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. This
association has had many other outstanding selections we
can all grow, and cut for the vase, like Limelight
hydrangea and Amazon dianthus.
Rose is unique, first consider it is a series of one-no
other Uproar zinnias exist. The Benary Giants and
Oklahoma series have dozens of colors. The fact that
Uproar Rose is the only one, and is still around is
find a tall cut flower such as the zinnia available as a
transplant at your local garden center is also
noteworthy, it’s kind of like looking for a four-leaf
clover. But Uproar Rose is often found along with
shorter landscape zinnias like the Dreamland, and
those shorter cousins Uproar Rose will give you a bounty
of blossoms all summer. They are large dahlia-like
blooms borne on 30-inch stems and also showing a good
level of powdery mildew resistance when spaced as
is certainly a great time to plant zinnias. There is a
lot of growing time between now and fall’s first
frost. In fact, southern locations could probably get in
two crops. Whether you choose a package of Uproar
zinnias or get lucky enough to still find transplants,
remember they prefer full sun to really put on a
your beds by incorporating 3-to-4 inches of organic
matter and 2 pounds of a slow-release 12-6-6 fertilizer
per 100 square feet of bed space. Direct seed, or set
out transplants that you have purchased, or those grown
at home that have little to no color showing.
these seedlings to around six to eight inches for the
vigorous growth that is about to occur. Mulch when the
seedlings are large enough or after setting out
transplants. Side-dress the young plants in six to eight
weeks with light applications of the fertilizer.
flower growers as you might guess grow many of them in a
row and with a little more agricultural look, after all,
you will be cutting every day. If you don’t think
people will buy cut-zinnias, you should see the Saturday
farmers market in Columbus, GA.
the landscape, Uproar zinnias work in a cottage setting
garden and simply as a taller form of intense rose mixed
in a living bouquet of mixed colors. Uproar zinnias also
excel artistically in those designer containers too.
you choose Uproar or another variety know that zinnias
are the perfect flower to get you children or
grandchildren involved in the greatest hobby on earth,