Cosmos, Double Take

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A spectacular show of flowers all summer long.

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The eyes have it. These joyously showy flowers, in bicolor pink with yellow eyes, massed in a sunny border, put on a spectacular show all summer long. The billowy 3 to 4' tall plants produce an abundant flourish of frilled, full to semidouble 4" flowers. The butterflies love them and so will you.
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Sun

Full Sun

Height

3-4 feet

Spread

18-28 inches

Ornamental Use

Beds, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle

Annual

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Flowering

true

Bloom Duration

12

Color Pattern

Picotee

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  • Cosmos seed should be sown directly in the garden after frost.

    • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after danger of heavy frost.
    • Select a location in full to part shade with good rich well-drained organic soil protected from wind.
    • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
    • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
    • Sow seeds 4 inches apart and ¼ inch deep
    • Firm soil lightly, water and keep evenly moist.
    • Seedlings will emerge in 7-10 days.
    • Thin plants to stand 8-10 inches when seedlings are 1 inch high.
    • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
    • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
    • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
    • After plants are about 6 inches tall, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Flower-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
    • Tall cultivars may need staking to prevent their thick, hollow stems from breaking due to heavy rain or wind.
    • Pinch off spent flowers to encourage continuous bloom. Pinching stem tips can reduce height and encourage branching but isn’t necessary. Deadheading is recommended since it lengthens the bloom season. Cosmos plants that aren’t deadheaded will self-sow in warm regions.
    • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
    • Remove plants after they are killed by heavy frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
    • Cosmos plants can withstand heat and drought conditions.
    • Tall cosmos add a soft, airy touch to the back of an annual or mixed border. You can also use them as a fast-growing annual hedge or in a cutting garden. Since the taller cultivars are not always uniform in height, they’re perfect for adding an informal look to cottage gardens. Shorter cultivars of both species are ideal near the front of the border, in containers, or as edgings.
    • Cosmos makes beautiful cut flowers.
    • Because cosmos is easy to grow and the seeds are large and easy to handle, it is a good choice for a children’s garden.
  • Sun
    Full Sun
    Height
    3-4 feet
    Spread
    18-28 inches
    Ornamental Use
    Beds, Cut Flowers
    Life Cycle
    Annual
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Flowering
    true
    Bloom Duration
    12
    Color Pattern
    Picotee
  • Cosmos, Double Take is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Double Take 'Double Take' is what you will say when you see this spectacular Cosmos in bloom. Our Master Gardeners have been growing this variety for 2 years for our annual Spring Garden Market - our major fund raiser. This variety of cosmos starts blooming early on plants up to 5' tall. Covered with double magenta paint-brush stroke petals they are spectacular in garden beds as well as a vase. We cut these flowers well into October.
    Date published: 2014-09-21
    • 2016-02-07T06:09CST
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