Cosmos Picotee Seeds (Cosmos bipinnatus)
Non-GMO, Open-Pollinated, Neonicotinoid-free Cosmos Picotee Flower Seeds
The picotee cosmos flower is a stunning variety of Cosmos bipinnatus, a species native to Mexico and Central America. The word "picotee" refers to the unique color pattern found on the petals of this cosmos variety, where the edges are delicately outlined in a contrasting color.
The species was first discovered and documented by Spanish explorers in Mexico and Central America during the 18th century. This unique variety is believed to have originated from these breeding efforts, where plants with the distinctive picotee pattern were selected and propagated. Gaining popularity among gardeners and horticulturists for its striking appearance and versatility in garden design. The Picotee Cosmos was introduced to formal gardens displays in the 19th or early 20th century, where its unique beauty captivated enthusiasts.
Holding a cultural significance as a symbol of beauty, grace, and harmony in the garden. Its delicate petals and contrasting colors have inspired artists, poets, and gardeners alike, becoming a favorite subject in floral art and literature.
- Seeds Count: 100
- Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
- Direct Sow: After last frost
- Plant Size: 36"-60"
- Days to Maturity: 60-75
- Attracts pollinators
- Drought Tolerant
- Excellent for cut flowers
- Open Pollinated
Choose a sunny location for your picotee cosmos, as they thrive in full sun. Ensure the soil is well-draining and amended with organic matter to improve fertility. Cosmos is adaptable to various soil types but prefers well draining & slightly acidic. Space seeds 6-12 inches apart. Apply mulch at base.
Keep seeds moist, but not waterlogged as they are germinating.
If starting seeds indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off. This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure.
- Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
- One week minimum is recommended
- Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
- Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over.