Cosmos ‘Apricotta’

Cosmos bipinnatus

Features

  • Cut-and-come-again
  • Easy to grow
  • Heat-loving
  • Pollinator-friendly

Description

This beautiful cosmos is a welcome addition to this easy-to-grow, free-flowering group of plants. Young flowers start out a warm tangerine with a soft rosy center. As flowers age, their rose coloring becomes more pronounced. The color shift gives blooms an iridescent quality. Plants are tall and extremely productive, and flowers are a wonderful color for arranging.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 36 to 42 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 75 to 90 days
Plant spacing: 12 in
Pinch: when 8 to 12 in tall

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Start seed indoors in trays 4 to 6 weeks before last frost; transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Cosmos can also be direct-seeded once the weather has warmed.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when buds are just cracking, but haven’t fully opened. For double varieties, let open halfway before picking. Expect a vase life of 5 to 6 days.

Details

Description

This beautiful cosmos is a welcome addition to this easy-to-grow, free-flowering group of plants. Young flowers start out a warm tangerine with a soft rosy center. As flowers age, their rose coloring becomes more pronounced. The color shift gives blooms an iridescent quality. Plants are tall and extremely productive, and flowers are a wonderful color for arranging.

Details

Plant type: annual
Height: 36 to 42 in
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 75 to 90 days
Plant spacing: 12 in
Pinch: when 8 to 12 in tall

Seed Sowing & Growing Notes

Start seed indoors in trays 4 to 6 weeks before last frost; transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Cosmos can also be direct-seeded once the weather has warmed.

Harvesting/Vase Life

Harvest when buds are just cracking, but haven’t fully opened. For double varieties, let open halfway before picking. Expect a vase life of 5 to 6 days.

Sources

How to Grow

Seed-Saving Mini Course

Learn how to save seed from zinnia, dahlia, and celosia

In our upcoming free, three-part video series, you’ll learn everything you need to know to save seeds on a home scale, including how plants are pollinated and isolation techniques to ensure varieties come back true, how to tell when plants are ready to pick and how to harvest the seeds, and how to properly dry, clean, and store seeds long term.