Rose zinnias bring in an assortment of
pollinators, here a Zebra heliconian finds it to
be a feast in Savannah, GA.
Rose zinnia was the real stunner in The Garden Guy’s
garden this summer when it came to both butterflies and
hummingbirds and even now as we head into fall it’s
still the champ. It’s amazing the 2009 winner of a
cut-flower of the year would garner high pollinator
about this award-winning flower over a year ago but with
a new town, and a new application I just had to tout it
again based on my current findings. This year I went a
little heavy, so to speak, on trying to attract
hummingbirds to the garden, with Amistad salvia, Black
and Bloom salvia, the new Mysty blue salvias and a
bounty of cupheas. Uproar Rose zinnia was really to add
splashes of pink shades to go with all of the violet and
blue. I never dreamed they would delight the
they would bring in a butterfly or two but the daily
ritual of the ruby-throated hummingbirds was simply
amazing. You have to admit an annual zinnia that gives
cut-flowers, brings in swallowtails and hummingbirds
with abandon is pretty special. It is also easy to grow
and is sure to get the children and grandchildren
interested in gardening.
Rose is still a series of one, meaning there isn’t an
Uproar Yellow Red or any others. The fact that ‘Uproar
Rose’ is the only one — and is still around — is
amazing. It is also really special that garden centers
offer a cut-flower transplant for sale. Garden Centers
are much more inclined to sell those that we consider
landscape zinnias, like the Profusion, Zahara, Dreamland
or Magellan series.
those shorter cousins, ‘Uproar Rose’ will give you a
bounty of blossoms all summer. Their large, dahlia-like
blooms are borne on 24- 30-inch stems. When spaced as
recommended, they also show a good level of powdery
Florida and California can still plant most of us will
be waiting until next spring. Though mine are still
blooming in late September, we really can consider
growing two crops, especially if we like to cut for the
you choose a package of ‘Uproar Rose’ zinnia seeds
or get lucky enough to still find transplants, know that
they prefer full sun to really put on a dazzling
performance. This also aids in disease pressures.
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 have little to no color showing.
seedlings to around 6- to- 8 inches for the vigorous
growth that is about to occur. My largest ones have
about a 3-foot-wide spread, so you may really want a
little wider spacing. 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 fertilizer.
growers should grow many of them in rows and with more
of an 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
here in Columbus, Ga.
zinnias look like the quintessential cottage garden
flower partnered with rudbeckias, coreopsis, Shasta
daisies and of course the salvias mentioned above.
you choose ‘Uproar Rose’ or another variety, zinnias
offer the ultimate bang for your buck and ease of
growing. You will ask yourself how you could have ever
forgotten this beloved flower.