Afternoon White Cosmos Seed
Large, pure white blooms on strong stems.
Afternoon White was bred for cut-flower production. As a tetraploid, it has more substantive flowers and stems. In our trials, it produces strong, straight stems and 2–4" white blooms with bright yellow centers. Early to flower. Blooms are not as profuse as more common cosmos varieties, but the superior stem and flower quality make Afternoon White a good cut-flower choice. Ht. 36–48". Avg. 18,100 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
SOWING: Transplant - Sow into 50-cell plug flats, or preferred seedling container, 5-7 weeks before last frost, covering seeds lightly. Harden off and transplant outdoors after last frost. Direct seed - Sow after last frost, once soil temperature is above 60°F (16°C), covering seeds lightly. Pinching encourages branching.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
PLANT HEIGHT: Varies. Tall varieties may benefit from some wind protection, such as Hortonova, used as horizontal support.
PLANT SPACING: 9-12". Wider spacing creates stronger, thicker stems.
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Petals just opening, but not yet flattened. Deadheading is required to have blooms all summer.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Any soil.
USES: Excellent cut flowers. Beds, containers, and mass plantings.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cosmos spp.
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