Apollo Lovesong (Hybrid/Cosmos)
Latin Name: C. bipinnatus
Item #: 832Z
Suitable for Cutting:
(18-26 in/55-65 cm) Hybrid. Natural dwarf habit with large shades of Pink Picotee, White and Pink flowers. Very long flowering period with unrivaled disease and heat tolerance. Easy to grow! Pkt contains 25 seeds.
(18-26 in/55-65 cm) Hybrid. The naturally dwarf habit and shorter internodes allows a better shelf life and transport. Meanwhile, larger flowers and better petal quality put on an incredible show in containers or in the garden. Very long flowering period with unrivaled disease and heat tolerance. Easy to grow! Pkt contains 25 seeds.
GREENHOUSE: Sow Mar. 15th to Apr. 1st. Plants grown from earlier sowings, become rather unsightly, tall and spindly in the paks. Germinate @ 75 - 80°F/24 - 27°C soil temp. for 15 days. Sow 1/4 in/ 6 mm deep, cover lightly, Use tempered water to maintain soil temp. when watering. Transplant June 10th, as soil warms up.
DIRECT SOWING: Sow outdoors as soon as the ground warms up a bit, in late May or about June 10th. in the North. Seed should be sown in groups of 3 - 4 seeds, 18 in/ 46 cm apart. Space seeds about 2 in/5 cm apart in each group, 1/4 in/ 6 mm deep and firm. Cosmos like lots of sun and thrive in well drained, warm sandy soil - without too much moisture. Best used as a tall background or in groups among tall shrubs. Cosmos attract birds to the garden as cosmos seeds ripen in the fall. For good cut flowers, cut freshly opened blooms; place them in ice cold water to prevent wilting. Use plenty of foliage in arrangements.