Seeds - Cosmos, Bright Lights Blend
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Description: This edible ornamental is a show stopper when planted in groupings, including in larger pots. The bright orange flowers are attention-grabbing from June through to early September. Dead-head flowers for showiest display.
The flowers and leaves are edible and sometimes called Keniker.
Pack Size: 1/32 ounce
Latin Name: Cosmos bipinnatus
Main Uses: Ornamental
Zone Hardiness: Annual (reseeding)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 30 - 90 cm (12 - 36 inches)
Flower Color: Orange
Flowering Time: July to August
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 7 - 10 days at 21ºC.
Indoors: 2 seeds per plug 2 - 4 weeks before last frost date.
Planting out: Plant in loose, fertile soil once all chance of frost has passed.
Direct Seeding: Once the risk of frost has passed and the soil is at least 18ºC.
Planting depth: 1/4 "
Spacing: Sow seeds every 3” and thin to 9 - 12”. Space rows 18” apart.
Growing in Containers: Grows very well in larger containers and raised beds.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Well-suited for larger mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Containers): Plant in a quality, well-draining organic-based potting mix. Feed regularly with organic fertilizer. An organic bloom-booster fertilizer at first onset of buds will encourage larger blooms and more abundant flowering.
Watering (Containers): Water containers deeply when top inch feels dry to the touch. Monitor pots every day or two during very hot weather.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in average garden soil, amended with compost on an annual basis. No additional fertilizing required. Cosmos have fairly low fertility requirements.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: Lacewings, hoverflies, and parasitic wasps are all very active pest controls, and are attracted by this type of Cosmos!
Notes: Deadhead flowers to ensure constant blooms. Encourage cosmos to reseed year to year by letting flowers go to seed and leaving heads on plants.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.