New! Novel cosmos resemble fluted cupcake wrappers.
Cupcakes White is as showy as Double Click with lighter-weight blooms held upright on stems. The finely pleated blooms with scalloped edges float above the foliage. A small percentage of flowers have lovely, tufted centers. Ht. 40–50". Avg. 4,500 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:7-10 days at 68-72°F (20-22°C)
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.
PLANT HEIGHT:Varies. Tall varieties may benefit from some wind protection.
PLANT SPACING:9-12". Wider spacing creates stronger, thicker stems.
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 bipinnatus