Cosmos 'Pied Piper Red' is a 1 metre tall, upright variety with fluted red petals and the usual yellow Cosmos centre.
Cosmos are easy to grow annual flowers which will produce a bright bloom all summer long, right through until late October and are ideal for cut flowers.
The bees and butterflies love them too!
|When to sow
|Sow indoors March to April or outdoors April to May.
|Where to sow
|Sow indoors in moist compost filled pots or trays 0.5cm (1/4in) deep and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a warm position (temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal).
|Sow direct outdoors in flowering position 0.5cm (1/4in) deep.
|What to do next
|For seeds sown indoors, when seedlings are large enough to handle and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 30cm (12in) apart.
|Thin the seedlings sown outdoors out so they are 30cm (12in) apart. Carefully replant thinned plants to fill any gaps.
|Water well until plants are established.
|Deadhead to prolong flowering and encourage new flower buds.
|Pinch out the growing tip of each stem when transplanting to encourage stems to branch and produce more Cosmos flowers.
|June to October.
|Ideal for cut flowers and as a tall flower at the back of a border.
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