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Cosmos Carpet Formula

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Cosmos Carpet Formula is a delightful mini-Cosmos variety for bedding and pots. Its compact and well-branched plants are covered in brilliant semi-double flowers in a myriad of tremendous colours. The bonus with this type of Cosmos is that the flowers will remain vibrant when dried and pressed. The plant will reach an approximate height of 30cm (1') and are an excellent plant to attract bees and other pollinators into your garden.

Product Part Number: 58109

Pack Size: 100 Seeds

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Price (Inc. VAT): £1.90

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When to sow
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WHEN TO SOW

 

February to early April

 

WHERE TO SOW

 

Sow in pots or trays under glass at 16°C.

 

WHEN TO TRANSPLANT

 

As soon as seedlings are large enough to handle in about 3 weeks, prick out into trays 5cm apart. Grow on and gradually harden off for planting outside from early May.

 

 

 

 

 

FLOWER SEED SOWING TECHNIQUE

 

 

HALF HARDY ANNUAL

 

Use seed trays or plastic modules and a good seedling compost, preferably using a peat substitute. For small sowings standard pots can be used.

Firm the compost lightly and moisten before sowing. Very fine seeds, like Begonia (where there are more than 60,000 seeds to a gram) should be mixed with dry horticultural sand to avoid one big clump of seed, and to help see where the seed has been sown.

As a general rule, the depth of sowing depends on the size of the seed. Aim to cover the seed with compost or vermiculite to the same depth as the size of the seed. Very fine seed need not be covered at all.

Sow thinly and cover the tray with a sheet of glass with paper on top. Wipe the glass every day and inspect the tray for signs of germination. Sowings in pots can be enclosed in a polythene bag for the same effect.

As soon as seedlings break the surface, remove the glass and paper or polythene bag. If left under glass they will become leggy and weak. Keep moist with a fine spray.

When the first set of true leaves (not the seedling leaves) have formed they should be pricked off into trays, setting the seedlings about 4-5cm (1 1/2-2") apart. Always handle by the leaves and not the stem and use a fork or knife blade to ease them out of the compost. Keep in the shade for a couple of days after pricking off.

Gradually harden the plants by increasing ventilation and moving the trays into a cold frame and finally outside for 7 days before transplanting into the flowering site.

 

 

 

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