Cosmos, Daydream (Organic)
A tall, productive, and attractive cosmos covered with unique blooms. Plants grow 5-6′ tall. Daydream cosmos flowers have a nice rosy center surrounded by pale pink. The bulls-eye pattern must make nice targets for insects with infrared vision because they are very attractive to pollinators. Stealing a few from the bees is worthwhile for pleasant cut flower displays. Bouquets last indoors for more than a week if they are picked right into water just as the petals are opening. Andrew professes, “I now understand what a sunshine daydream is.”
Direct sow ½” deep after danger of frost, or sow indoors for transplant starting 6 weeks before last frost. Thin or transplant to 12.” Prefers 60-70°F soil temp. Germination in 10-14 days.
Collect seeds from seedheads that are fully dry. Shell by hand or by dancing, and winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from other varieties of the same species by ¼ mile.