So many of these fashionable shorter Cosmos can be disappointing but not this one, after years of trials, this one is my favourite!
So, whether you are gardening ‘without a garden’ in patio tubs and containers or just want more for the front of the border, Cosmos ‘Apricot’ fits the bill beautifully.
Much shorter than the standard cut flower Cosmos, these don’t need staking.
Paired with Phlox drummondii ‘Crème Brûlée’ in the gallery!
How to grow:
One of the easiest annuals to start from seed and not too cold sensitive. Cosmos like moist but well drained conditions.
Sow one seed per cell in early Spring, into a 40 cell tray or sow 5 seeds to a 9cm pot. Cosmos are tolerant of ‘pricking out’.
Seeds will benefit from ‘a bit of warmth’ to germinate.
Plant 20cm apart after the last frost.
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Variety: Cosmos bipinnatus
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Plants require full sun
Spacing: 30cm apart
Harvest: June onwards
Seeds per packet: 30
Cutting /Vase Life:
Pick as soon as flowers open but before pollinators reach them for the longest vase life. A true cut and come again flower. Deadhead regularly to maintain flowering. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning. Cosmos will continue to open and grow in the vase giving arrangements a magical feel.