July 18, 2015
Are you looking for an easy bright splash of color for your flower beds? Today I’m at the MSU South Mississippi Branch Station in Poplarville taking a look at the gorgeous trials of Profusion zinnia they have growing in their flower beds. For our Mississippi gardens, Profusion zinnia are always a great choice for annual color. These 2006 Mississippi Medallion winners perform well in both cool and warm temperatures, and high humidity conditions. Profusion has excellent tolerance to powdery mildew that can plague the older Zinnia elegans or pompom zinnia. The plants start blooming in the spring and continue well into the fall, and are tolerant of hot and droughty conditions; that’s certainly good news for long bloom periods in our Mississippi landscapes. Profusion zinnia are available in many colors and will typically grow more than 12 inc hes tall and wide. The plants are compact with strong branching to support the numerous flowers that completely cover the plants. And the best part is Profusion zinnia don’t have to be deadheaded. Each flower is about 1.5” in diameter and are available as both single and double flower forms. For the best flowering performance always plant with at least 6 hours in the full sun. Planting Profusion Zinnia in raised beds will result in fantastic growth and flowering in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.