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(Zinnia; Scientific Name: Zinnia elegans) We are a first grade class that has been growing the zinnias from seeds in our classroom and have just begun transplanting them into our school garden. They are currently about 1"-3" high with green oval leaves. We've learned that they will grow to be 12"-18" high and that they will grow pink, yellow, red, orange, or white flowers. It should take about 60 days for the flowers to grow, and they should be in bloom from summer through fall.
The zinnias should get full sun in our school garden.
The students have come up with a list of questions that they are interested in learning about: What pollinators will the zinnias attract? Will they attract any pollinators before the flowers bloom? Will pollinators make any nests near them? Will the flowers have lots of pollen on them? Will bats like them? How many pollinators will visit them each day? What time of day will most pollinators visit? And one bonus question... Will the cicadas be attracted to them? School gets out soon, so we know we won't learn all the answers before summer. But we look forward to learning what we can, and then seeing what the garden looks like when we return next school year!