Cosmos bipinnatus 'Sea Shells'
Cosmos 'Sea Shells'
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Sea Shells' bears fascinating flowers that look like fluted sea shells around a button-like centre. Gorgeous range of colours from white to deep red. Finely cut, ferny foliage also useful for cutting.
|Botanical name||Cosmos bipinnatus|
|Common name||Cosmos 'Sea Shells'|
|Flower colour||White, Pink, Red|
|Flowering time||Summer, Autumn|
|Plant type||Flower Seeds|
|Season of interest||Summer, Autumn|
|Time to maturity||1 - 2 years|
|Ultimate height||0.6m - 1m|
|Ultimate spread||0.1m - 0.5m|
|Useful/additional information||Sow 3mm (1/8in) deep in spring at 21-24C (70-75F) in a good seed compost. Keep soil damp but not wet, sealing in a polythene bag after sowing is helpful. Germination usually takes 5-10 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow on in cooler conditions. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 60cm (24in) apart in a sunny spot on light well drained soil.When growing Cosmos plants, water regularly until they are fully established. Deadhead faded Cosmos flowers regularly to encourage more blooms to be produced throughout the summer.|