The breeding work for this cosmos focused on developing a consistent, uniform, extra-early blooming bi-color cosmos and they did just that. The 2 to 3 inch round blooms begin just 4 weeks from transplanting, and feature wide, overlapping petals that are white around the edges and fade to a dark pink "eye." It works very well in masses, by itself, or interplanted with other large cosmos, and makes a fresh, pretty cut flower.
Germination: 7-10 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF.
Seed Planting Depth: Sow ⅛” deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75 ºF soil temperature. Transplant after the last frost,12-18” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors after the last frost, sow a few seeds every 6", thin 12-18" apart.
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Height and Width: 18-24” by 18-24”
Spacing: 12-18” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Poor to average, well-drained, tolerates dry soil
Approximate days to flower from seed: 75-90 days
Uses: Cut flowers, flower beds, containers, wildflower and cottage gardens, attracts butterflies and beneficials,
Care: Deadheading prolongs flowering, staking tall plants helps keep them upright when the plant is full of blooms. Self-seeds.