Description – This elegant blend of cosmos brings together a variety of flower forms and gentle pastel shades. From the daisy-like blooms of traditional cosmos to the unique fused petals of Cosmos Cupcakes, and everything in between! Come rain, shine or drought, they will stand tall, coping well with the UKs variable summer weather.
Sowing – Sow cosmos seed from February to May at a depth of 3mm (1/8in) in a good quality seed compost, and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of vermiculite. Place the seed tray in a propagator at a temperature of 18-25C (64-77F) or seal it inside a polythene bag. Keep the soil damp, but not wet.
Growing – When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7cm (3in) pots and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. When plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise to outdoor conditions over 7 to 15 days. Transplant outdoors in full sun in any moist, well-drained soil at a distance of 45cm (18in) apart. Pinch out the growing tip of each stem when transplanting to encourage stems to branch and produce more flowers.
Flowers – June to October