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Cosmos Cosmic Red

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Cosmos Cosmic Red is an intense scarlet red flower which is truly eye-catching. This makes for an excellent border plant for annual bedding and reaches an approximate height of 30cm. Cosmic Red is a beautiful way to attract friendly insects into your garden as it is an attractive plant to bees and other pollinators.

Product Part Number: 58104

Pack Size: 75 Seeds

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Price (Inc. VAT): £2.55

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When to sow
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  • May
  • Jun
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  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

WHEN TO SOW

February to May

WHERE TO SOW

Early sowings in pots or trays under glass at 16oC. Later sowings direct in flowering site 25cm apart.

WHAT TO DO NEXT

Prick off glasshouse seedlings into trays when large enough to handle 10cm apart, gradually harden off for planting out in May 50cm apart. Thin direct sown seedlings to 50cm apart as they grow.

MATURITY

July to October

HANDY TIP

Chose a sunny position, do not overfeed, dead head regularly to encourage new flowering growth.

 

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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