(Zinnia elegans var. ‘Luminosa’)
Luminosa Zinnia is an annual flower that is native to Mexico but can be found growing in the southern and eastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2-3' and features hairy upright branching stems, 5” lance-shaped green leaves, and 4-5” bright pink dahlia-type flowers. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, earwigs, and hummingbirds, is resistant to deer, tolerates drought, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Variety: Luminosa Zinnia
Native to: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua.
Introduced into: Andaman Is., Assam, Austria, Baleares, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Connecticut, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Florida, France, Georgia, Germany, Gilbert Is., Haiti, Hungary, India, Italy, Jawa, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Korea, Krym, Louisiana, Malawi, Marianas, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, New York, Niue, North Carolina, Ohio, Panamá, Pennsylvania, Peru, Phoenix Is., Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Romania, Réunion, Samoa, Sardegna, Sicilia, Sierra Leone, Society Is., South Carolina, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Texas, Thailand, Transcaucasus, Tubuai Is., Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown As: Annual
Bloom Time: Summer to Fall
Start Indoors: Yes
Start Outdoors: Yes
Light: Sun. Zinnias require full sun. They thrive in hot areas as long as they get enough moisture.
Water: Zinnias need to be watered if there is less than an inch of rain each week, sooner if they appear to be wilting.
Feeder: They like rich soil and appreciate a slow-release fertilizer in the spring when they are planted and a booster shot of fertilizer in mid- to late simmer.
Attracts beneficial insects?: Yes. Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds.
Sow Depth: 1/4”
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Produces: hairy upright branching stems, 5” lance-shaped green leaves, and 4-5” bright pink dahlia-type flowers.
Soil pH: 6.0-6.5 Zinnia prefers a fertile, humus-rich soil that drains well.
Compost (Nitrogen), 2", in top 6" of soil, 1 time: Apply 2" of compost as a mulch to help suppress weeds and provide nutrients.
Asparagus: Mary Washington (Heirloom) (Asparagus officinalis)
Beans: Kentucky Wonder Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Beans: Lazy Housewife Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Bean: Royalty Purple Pod Green (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Corn: Country Gentleman-Open Pollinated (Heirloom) (Zea mays)
Corn: Golden Bantam-Open Pollinated (Heirloom) (Zea mays)
Corn, Popcorn: Shaman's Blue (Hybrid) Open Pollinated (Zea mays)
Blue corn originated in the Andes Mountains of Peru, where the native peoples usually ground it into flour for cooking. Indians of Mexico and the southwestern United States also widely used this corn, since its dryness made it an excellent flour corn and gave it good resistance to disease. This exciting blue popcorn receives high marks for both visual and taste appeal. The unique blue/purple kernel pops into mounds of snow white popcorn that will satisfy any popcorn lover with its slightly sweet flavor.
Cucumber: Lemon (Heirloom) (Cucumis sativus)
Cucumber: Marketmore 76' (Heirloom) (Cucumis sativus)
Cucumber: Mexican Sour Gherkin (Heirloom) (Melothria scabra)
Cucumber: National Pickling (Heirloom) (Cucumis sativus)
Cucumber: Straight Eight (Heirloom) (Cucumis sativus)
Cucumber: Sumter (Heirloom) (Cucumis sativus)
Cucumber: Wisconsin SMR 58 (Heirloom) (Cucumis sativus)
Eggplant: Black Beauty (Heirloom) (Solanum melongena var. esculentum)
Eggplants date back to medieval times where they were called mad apples. A staple of regions of Asia, known as the "king of vegetables". Eggplant comes in all shapes colors and sizes. Black Beauty is one of the earliest and dates back to the early 1900's.
Eggplant: Long Purple (Heirloom) (Solanum melongena)
This Italian heirloom eggplant, Long Purple, produces dark purple cucumber-shaped fruit with firm, mild flesh. Good yields, especially in northern climates! Plants will typically produce 4 or more 8-10" fruits with harvest beginning in 70 to 80 days. Average water needs. Some parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Lettuce: Bibb (Heirloom) (Lactuca sativa)
Lettuce: Freckles Romaine (Heirloom) (Lactuca sativa)
Lettuce: Oakleaf (Heirloom) (Lactuca sativa)
Lettuce: Red Romaine (Heirloom) (Lactuca sativa)
Okra: Clemson Spineless (Heirloom) (Abelmoschus esculentus)
Okra: Red Burgundy (Heirloom) (Abelmoschus esculentus)
Squash, Summer: Dark Green Zucchini (Heirloom) (Cucurbita pepo)
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This is the traditional and reliable zucchini that just keeps on producing! Fruits are dark green, and nice and straight! Matures in about 60 days. Average water needs. Attractive to bees, butterflies, and/or birds.
Squash, Summer: Black Beauty Zucchini (Heirloom) (Cucurbita pepo)
The long loved American heirloom bush-type zucchini variety we all know as 'Black Beauty' was bred at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Storrs, Connecticut sometime in the 1920's. This was accomplished by stabilizing a cross between 'Caserta' and 'Salerno' zucchini varieties. Then it was introduced into the AAS by breeder John Scarchuk and was selected as the All American Selection winner in 1957. In 45-60 days, this space saving compact plant produces shiny black-green zucchini with creamy, white flesh that are the tastiest when harvested at 6-8” long. Black Beauty can be enjoyed raw, boiled, baked, stir fried, and even sauteed!