Seeds - Cosmos, Buddha’s Hands (F)


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Description: Easy to grow and ready-made for containers, Buddha’s Hand is compact at 60 cm tall and covered with glorious orange blossoms buzzing with hummingbirds and butterflies. She thrives in gardens, containers, and cracks in sidewalks alike. With her compact nature, Buddha’s Hand has become one of our go-to companion plants, a raucous tuft at the ends of our garden rows. With abundant food and protective habitat, she feeds butterflies, bees and countless native pollinators from early summer to frost. 

Also a fabulous dye plant, Buddha’s Hand petals are also delicious tossed on salads, cakes & spring rolls.

Pack Size: 50 seeds

Latin Name: Cosmos sulphureus
Alternative Names: Also know as Keniker, an Indonesian herb and edible flower.
Main Uses: Ornamental, culinary

Zone Hardiness: Annual (reseeding)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 90 - 120 cm (36 - 48 inches)
Flower Color: orange-red petals
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 the 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 well suited for indoors, unless under lights.

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