Cosmos - Pied Piper Red
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.|
|Handy tips||Pinch out the growing tip of each stem when transplanting to encourage stems to branch and produce more Cosmos flowers.|
|Flowering period||June to October.|
|Uses||Ideal for cut flowers and as a tall flower at the back of a border.|