These fun bright Orange Cosmos are always welcome in my garden! Easy to grow , they can perk up any yard.
Cosmos are pretty much nonstop blooms that are sturdy and don’t need much care at all. Great attraction for bees and butterflies a must I say in any garden. They can grow to about 4ft, the blossom itself up to about 2 inches wide making it very eye catching. Cosmos have several good qualities about them, one being they are heat and drought tolerant. It’s important when selecting plants for your garden to make sure you know how to care for them, are they able to stand heat? Can they stand poor soil? Will they survive drought like conditions? Be selective in this process or you can set yourself up for failure even before you plant. Whether they are pretty or not, if the conditions aren’t ideal for that plant, they will not thrive.
Cosmos can not only stand the high heat, drought like conditions but they can thrive in different soils as well, as long as it’s well draining even the poorest of soils can be the ideal home for these flowers.
How to plant- You can sow outside after the danger of frost or inside about 5-7 weeks before you plant to transfer outside. Needs full sun so don’t try to spruce up a shaded area with them they grow best with full on sun for the better part of the day. Plant just about half an inch deep, I just jab my pinkie finger into the dirt just past my finger nail and drop the seed in.
Cosmos are towering plants, they grow quick too, and if left alone they will drop their seeds and start up again next year. Snipping some of the dead heads ( spent flowers) will drive the plant into more blooms, if you’d like to collect and harvest the seeds you can follow these simple steps.
After the petals fall off and dry up the base of the flower will start to close up again, it’ll look like a fat green bud. It will stay this way for a little bit before slowly drying up. It will get to be a light brown color and slowly start to look like the top is opening.
You can usually just tip the seedhead upside down and the seeds will fall out easily, other times a little scrap of your finger inside will remove them all.
Super easy to plant, quick growing, easy no worry care even in poor soils, bright colorful blossoms from spring to summer Cosmos are a delightful addition to the garden!