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Cosmos Seashells: features, growing conditions and soil conditions.

Cosmos belongs to that vast family of plants known as Compositae.
The Cosmos Seashells annual bedding plant with its fluted edges and pastel colors is great for the cottage garden. ‘Seashells’ is particularly intriguing, with its tubular petals, each flaring into a trumpet shape at the tip. An entirely new look in Cosmos, the Seashells Mix draws raves from gardeners discovering its beauty for the first time or reaffirming its quick, strong growth and super-abundant flowers!

Features of Cosmos Seashells

– This variety of Cosmos has 3″ flower petals that are lightly fluted around yellow centers.
– The bloms almost look doubled because of the fluted edges. The Seashell colors are white, pink, rose and carmine.
– This annual can get pretty tall so staking might be required, especially if they are planted in a windy site.
– Great companion plants: Purple Coneflower and the Double Pink Echinacea.
– Lightly fluted petals.
– Fern-like leaves.
– Daisy-like flowers.
– It can survive in a poorer soil.
– Plant in full sun.
– Heat and drought tolerant.
– Grows to 36″ to 48″ tall. Stake if required.
– Attracts bees and butterflies.
– The flowers are great in vases too, keeping their color and holding up their heads over a long period.

How To Grow The Cosmos Seashells

– Sow 1/8 inch deep in spring at 70-75F in a good seed compost.
– Keep soil damp but not wet, sealing in a polythene bag after sowing is helpful.
– Germination usually takes 5-10 days.
– When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow on in cooler conditions.
– Gradually acclimatize to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 24 inches apart in a sunny spot on light well drained soil.

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