Short report: “Cresto” Zinnias

Zinnia Cresto  This is the first year I’ve grown the “Cresto” zinnia series, and of course, the variety I chose was “Cresto Orange. ”  The photo above shows the pom-pom center surrounded by a row of petals, the form the “Cresto” zinnia is supposed to have.  Of the fifty I planted, there were 3 with the desired form.  Several more were acceptable, looking like this Zinnia Cresto 2 but by far the majority of orange flowers look like this Zinnia Cresto 3 and are quite small, only about 2″ across, which while disappointing are at least in my color scheme.  Unfortunately, over half the plants have flowers like this (cheery yellow is nice but I have lots of other yellow flowers so don’t need yellow zinnias)  Zinnia yellow  or this (gasp!) deep rose

Zinnia rose or even worse, like this painful

Zinnia red  RED!  So, my carefully planned color scheme screams in places, but it’s too late to begin again, and the butterflies enjoy them all, so I’m just gritting my teeth as I pass.  There are no certainties when growing from seed, but I’m already searching the catalogs for a better variety to grow next year.  How do you handle surprises in the borders?

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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3 Responses to Short report: “Cresto” Zinnias

  1. bcparkison says:

    I’m just not that picky. Of course if you buy one kind and get another that is reason for concern.

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    • carolee says:

      I suspect part of my “problem” is that having owned a business, I know how important meeting customer expectations is. I feel if the % of “true” flowers is so low, that should be stated clearly, and the predominant flower form should be marketed, not the “rare” one. Disappointed customers seldom return.

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