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Cosmos bipinnatus

‘Apricot Lemonade’

APRICOT LEMONADE COSMOS

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Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Apricot Lemonade’
APRICOT LEMONADE COSMOS

Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Apricot Lemonade’ is unique and ravishingly lovely.

Unique soft apricot and delicate pink shades

‘Apricot Lemonade’ has softest pale apricot discs, flashing a white halo in the centre, and soft lemon and pink blushes to the backs and centres of the petals.
It is a constantly changing blends  of lovely, warm but refined colours..
There is no other Cosmos like it with such delicate and mutating colour shades.

Prolific long bloomer

Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Apricot Lemonade’ is long & constant blooming through summer & autumn.
So it is rated as a superb, commercial quality cut flower, as well as giving a splendid garden display for months on end till winter.
While pretty ferny foliage also adds to the lacy, gentle effect.

Brilliant new breeding

‘Apricot Lemonade’ is a very recent release, and newly bred especially for commercial cut flower production plus hardy, easy, quick growth.
A breeding triumph by the long established firm of Thompson and Morgan.
It is a dream for florists and flower farmers.

Hardy & easy to grow

Newly bred Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Apricot Lemonade’ is one of the most compact of  Cosmos.
So it is very easy to place in the garden, as well as being self supporting with strong stems.
And it is a wonderfully productive bloomer, adding to both its commercial value as a cut flower, and garden display.
It is a stunner planted amongst yellow, apricot, white or deep red roses, and a wonderful addition to any flower or florist’s cutting garden.

Quick to bloom after sowing

Plant in Full Sun, though it can also tolerate a little Part Shade, particularly in hot areas.
It is a water-wise, heat & dry hardy grower, and quick and easy to raise from seed.
So it will be happily blooming 2-3 months after sowing.
Plus ‘Apricot Lemonade’ is a tough, easy, low maintenance annual which self-seeds reliably in the garden each year once started.

Tip for best cut flowers

Cut the blooms when the buds are just beginning to unfurl. So you have cut them before the bees have their fun. This helps to extend the vase life of the flowers.

Bee & pollinator magnet

Bees and all our other other pollen loving flying friends make a “bee-line” for these lovely flowers.
Because the pollen rich centres provide such a long and rich food source for essential pollinating insects.

Bring French style & class to the garden

So it is no wonder that Cosmos are traditional companion flowers in all the best (and prettiest) French potagers and orchards. The French certainly know a thing or two about food gardens.
New ‘Apricot Lemonade’ just adds that extra style and class.

Quick & easy from seed to flower

Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Apricot Lemonade’ is fast from seed to blooming.
So you can have flowers in as little as 8 weeks after sowing the seed.

‘Apricot Lemonade’ is a hardy and easy to grow annual.
Compact and slender 75cm. High x 40cm. Wide approx.

Sowing tip for commercial flower farmers

Cosmos bloom most heavily when the daylight hours are 14 hours per day or less, unless they are mature before the very long days are upon them.
So for the heaviest and longest blooming crops – get your Cosmos seeds growing early indoors, and have them planted out, well grown and established before mid-summer.
Then sow a later crop to mature by mid-summer, because these will crop very heavily during autumn as the day lengths shorten.

Cut & come again

Cosmos really are “cut & come again” plants.
So the more you cut blooms, the more they will produce.
Deadheading any spent blooms will also keep them in vigorous flower production.

SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY

Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids

Sow any time of year indoors / or scatter directly in the garden in spring & early summer.
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cupcakes White’ is fast from seed to flower.

Sow indoors for quick & early plants: First sow the seed in a punnet on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then cover the seed to a depth of approx. 6mm.

Now stand the sown punnet in a shallow water bath and allow the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.

Drain, then place the moist punnet in a warm, well-lit position position (but not in any direct sunlight).
Covering with a clear plastic lid will help keep the surface consistently moist.

Continue to keep the sown punnet moist.

Temperatures of 20-25°C are best for rapid and optimum germination.

Seedlings emerge in approx. 14-21 days.

Seed Count: 15 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).

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