Real red richness... that’s what Profusion Red is all about. This brand new breeding achievement in Zinnia combines a unique, red flower with the strength and beauty of the famous Profusion Series. As red is the #1 colour for landscaping, this new variety has an extremely high commercial potential. Very easy to grow, Profusion Zinnias are annuals that love a humus-rich, evenly moist soil. They bloom profusely from early summer until first frosts and are an excellent choice for borders, beds and large containers. This newcomer, Profusion Red will be an equally excellent performer in all climates!



In detail

A Fleuroselect Gold Medal is awarded in special recognition of exceptional ornamental breeding. The jury especially praised “the striking, genuinely red colour which is an addition to the entire segment and will carry the strong reputation of the series for quality and innovation into the next generation.” Profusion Red, plenty of real, red flowers for a spectacular patio or garden!

Market value

The first true red Zinnia of its type on the market! This winner is perfectly suited for spring bedding and summer pot production. Growers will see their turnover increase thanks to this Zinnia’s short production time and strong disease tolerance. Retailers will appreciate this maintenance-free annual with its long shelf-life and striking colour for eye-catching bench displays. Thanks to its strong disease tolerance and self-cleaning flowering habit, Profusion Red is easy to maintain in the garden. An entirely new red hue, available as of 2017!

Background information

Zinnias are named after the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn. The annual used to be unpopular because it was easily affected by disease. State of the art breeding strongly improved the disease resistance of Zinnia and turned it into a great garden performer. The ‘Profusion’ Zinnias from Sakata stand for heat and humidity tolerance, disease resistance, easy maintenance (no dead-heading required), pretty flowers and compact growth. Profusion Red is the proof that this major series is still developing and breaking new ground.


Technical information

Novelty Characteristic:

Much deeper flower colour and earlier flowering. Strong disease tolerance against Alternaria and Powdery Mildew. Keeps flowering continuously.




Single, 6,5 cm diameter

Flowering Period:

May - October


Annual, O.P., diploid


Bedding plant


Approx. 500 seeds per gram; germination rate 90%


Height 35 cm, spread 50 cm, compact bush shaped plant form


Sow in week 8 in the pack and week 12 in the garden at 22-25°C in a 5.5-6.5 pH medium. Cover seed with vermiculite. Grow at 15-25°C in full sun and make sure the soil never dries out. Transplant after five weeks or when 6-8 true leaves appear.


Plant out at 25 cm x 25 cm in the bed in a sunny spot.

Registration details


Sakata Seed Corporation

Entry number:


Protection Period:

8 years

Expiry Date: