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Cosmos bipinnatus Candy Stripe

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Cosmos bipinnatus 'Candy Stripe' Seeds

Cosmos Candy Stripe will grow to 75cm/2.5 feet so it’s brilliant in the middle of your borders or cut flower patch. Cosmos are half hardy annuals from Mexico and South America . They have become classic English cottage garden plants because they flower all summer and go on flowering right up until the first frosts.

Like the other flowers in the Cosmos family Candy Stripe has feathery apple green foliage and large daisy-like flowers with white petals and a yellow centre. The petals are all edged with stripes of bold rose pink. Cosmos flowers are brilliant for cutting. They will last well over a week in fresh water.

The more flowers you cut the more the plants produce. These are amazingly productive plants and what's more our bees and butterflies love Cosmos too!

Genus Cosmos bipinnatus
Variety Candy Stripe
Plant Type Half Hardy Annual. Cut Flowers and Containers
Height & Spread
75cm/30 inches tall x 50cm/20 inches
Sow Seeds Sow under cover in spring. Lightly cover with a fine layer of compost or vermiculite... Cosmos need light to germinate. Grow seedlings on then plant out your young plants after the last frosts. Direct sow seed in flowering positions from May onwards.
Thin/Plant Out Cosmos need plenty of space to develop and grow. Allow about 45cm/18 inches between plants. Seedlings transplant well so you could do what I do and grow a few in large pots to fill any gaps in your planting schemes.
Conditions Required Grow in full sun in moist but well drained soil. Provide support such as pea and bean netting stretched horizontally. When the young plants reach 20cm/8 inches tall pinch out the tips to encourage side shoots to develop.
Flower Production Cosmos takes around 14 weeks to flower from a spring sowing. Flowers are produced from June until the first frosts in October. Keep cutting and dead heading to produce more flowers.
Picking Cut Cosmos flowers when it’s cool… early in the morning or in the evening and pop them straight into a tall bucket of fresh water. Cosmos blooms will last 7 – 10 days in a vase.
Planting Combinations Cosmos Candy Stripe is such a brilliant flower to grow because it combines beautifully with other annual plants such as Nicotiana and Larkspur.

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