Cotton, Levant (Gossypium herbaceum) - 20 Seeds

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A very interesting perennial to grow from Levant Cotton seeds with its multi-colored flowers and cotton pods sprinkled all over. Gossypium Herbaceum cotton, or commonly called Levant Cotton, is a species of cotton native to the semi-arid regions of sub-Saharan Africa and Arabia where it still grows in the wild as a perennial shrub. It likes a long, hot growing season to produce the best cotton fibers, so it performs well in the southern United States. However, Levant Cotton plants can be grown with success in cooler areas if grown in a container and moved indoors. It makes for a showy garden plant, and it is fun to watch through all its stages!

Interesting fact:
Cotton is not a flower, in fact, it is more akin to a dandelion. After about 100 days, cotton bolls begin to fill and open up where the flowers once were. Each boll contains about 32 immature seeds from which cotton fibers will begin to grow. The boll itself is actually considered a fruit because it contains seeds.

•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 9-11

Planting Instructions:
Levant Cotton flower seed germinates very easily. In fact, in zone 11 it is considered to be self-sowing, dropping its own cotton seeds and producing more plants. Sow the Gossypium flower seeds indoors in late spring. Use a rich potting mix. Plant 1 - 2 flower seeds per plant, covering 1/4 inch with soil. In ideal conditions the flower seed germinates in 7 - 14 days. Water regularly and abundantly keeping it constantly in a sunny location. Replant the Gossypium plant each month to a larger container to help it grow as the root system expands considerably. Young Levant Cotton plants are very sensitive to cold.

Germination temp: 70°
Light required for germination: Yes
Soil type: Wet soil pH 7.0
Seed depth: 1/4"
Sow rate: 2 seeds per plant
Plant spacing: 9-12"

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