Thumbelina Zinnia Seeds


4.375 out of 5 stars
(16 reviews)
Thumbelina is destined to be the darling of your garden! A 1963 All-America Selections winner, this charming variety may be shorter, but still produces an abundance of cheerful blossoms in a wide range of colors. Zinnias are edible, but have little flavor. The colorful flowers can make a pretty garnish to salads, desserts, cold drinks, or serving trays. (The flower's central disk, while edible, can be bitter.) Zinnias thrive in heat, bloom all season, and are very easy to grow. Each individual flower lasts a very long time on the plant or in a vase.

Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans

Family: Asteraceae

Native: Mexico

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 10"–16" tall, 8"–10" wide

Variety Information: 1"–1½" flowers in a wide range of colors, including pink, red, yellow, and orange.

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer to frost

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.

When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Transplant outdoors after last frost. Zinnias do not benefit from being sown early; wait for warmer weather

Days to Emerge: 3–10 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 8"

Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest before small yellow flowers emerge between petals.

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Thumbelina Zinnia Seeds Reviews

16 reviews

First time growing Zinnias- I LOVE THEM!

5 out of 5 stars Jul 28, 2018
What a pleasant surprise these have done so well in swfl brutal heat full sun, they are such a delight to see every time I step outdoors I have them as a border in my front garden and some in a pollinator garden in my backyard they are always blooming I have to try the other varieties. I'm hooked on growing these beautiful flowers.
Ashleigh from FL

Thumbelina Zinnia Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Jul 10, 2019
Thumbelina Zinnia Seeds. Beautiful and clorful zinnias. Love this variety.
Deborah Myrick from GA

All Zinnias

5 out of 5 stars Oct 28, 2019
Beautiful and color were so pretty.
Estella from NM

Zinnias Thumbelinas

5 out of 5 stars Nov 22, 2019
Beautiful flowers and green leaves . My Hummers loved them so did the bees.
Estella from NM

Delightful flowers!

5 out of 5 stars Jun 29, 2020
This is my first time growing zinnias from seeds and they were so easy to get going! I bought them late and sowed them at the end of May (I'm in New Jersey). They grew very quickly so now a month later they are full and blooming. Lovely variety that's perfect for a pot.
Beth from NJ

Excellent Germination

5 out of 5 stars Jul 4, 2020
It only took a few days for them to germinate. I was so impressed. Thank You!
Tara Berryman from TX

easy flowers

4 out of 5 stars Jul 26, 2020
These are medium sized plants and just want to grow. I have bad powdery mildew so the plants suffered in the spring and early summer. The flowers are too small to make for good cuttings obviously and they are too tall for the front of a border. Lots of petals!
adriana from TX

Thumbelina Zinnia seeds

5 out of 5 stars Aug 30, 2020
I have high winds and these zinnias are perfect! The colors are gorgeous and the bumble bees cover every blossom. Looks great planted with minature marigolds. My second year and not disappointed.
Annalee Bradbury from WA

Review for Thumbelina Zinnia Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Oct 29, 2020
Still growing and making flowers!!
Brett Babbitt from TX

Huge and wonderful

5 out of 5 stars Jan 17, 2021
I grew these in 2020. Despite being sold as "small plants" mine grew to 3-4 feet tall. They bloomed all season and the birds and butterflies loved them. I'm buying them again for 2021. It will be interesting to see if these grow as big or if that was a fluke. Love them.
Kristine Hammerstrand from IL

A Must In the Garden

5 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2021
These zinnia babbies are gorgeous in raised vegetable beds (I planted them at the base of tomato plants), or containers.
Linda from MT

Thumbelina Zinna Seeds

1 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2021
Never germinated but other varieties did such as Benary Giants and California Giants
Barbara from NJ
Owner Response: Hi Barbara, We are sorry these didn't germinate for you. Our seeds are tested by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination meets federal and our own standards. Never hesitate to reach out when you have an issue so we can resolve it in a timely manner. A customer service agent will be contacting you by email. Happy gardening!

Delightful blend

5 out of 5 stars Sep 30, 2021
These zinnias were wonderful this year. Great mix of colors. I combined them with Chantilly snapdragons, pale yellow marigolds and a few annual linarias. It's late September and they're still out there blooming in the rain in Seattle.
Judy from WA

Prolific bloomers

4 out of 5 stars Nov 29, 2021
What a beautiful colorful bunch of plants I grew from these seeds. Birds and butterflies and bees were drawn to them, and the finches managed to reseed some into a neighboring pot for some late season color. My only complaint is that I was hoping for shorter plants for a bowl planter, not realizing it was smaller flowers instead. The stalks are tall enough to need some support. But they were excellent performers that made me smile.
Mary Beth from TX


1 out of 5 stars Feb 11, 2022
Zinnia seedlings did not grow once transplanted.
Linda from NY
Owner Response: Hi Linda, We are sorry that you had problems with this product however, it sounds like the seeds performed well and so we would look to environmental conditions and methods to troubleshoot this sort of issue. As a reminder, seedlings should be hardened off prior to transplanting, and being gentle when transplanting is important to reducing stress and getting plants growing again in their new environment. Zinnias need really warm conditions so it is also important not to plant them out too early when soil or air temperatures are too cold. We are always happy to help troubleshoot growing issues; feel free to contact us.

Fast flowering

5 out of 5 stars Feb 10, 2023
I planted these little beauties about 45 days ago and from the moment they popped up, they started flowering. I have some who just came up, that are only 2 inches tall and they have flowers on them already!! I have every variety from your company but these are my new favorite!!
Francine from FL

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