Sea Shell Mix Cosmos
The unique tubular petals of these flowers are striking in color and appearance. Blooms almost seem bi-color as the throats are somewhat darker than the outer surface of the petals. Plants are 4 ft.to 5 ft. tall and bloom constantly. The foliage is finely cut, and the plants branch out and bloom profusely and continually into fall. A balance of pinks, whites, and reds.
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: 48-60” by 24-36”
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.