Cosmos Versailles Tetra
Cosmos Versailles Tetra. Whether in the border, cottage garden or at the back/centre of a summer bedding display, Versailles Tetra will not disappoint you. The exquisite slate-pink, 10cm (4in) flowers have a deep red zone towards the centre with a bright yellow eye. They flower over a long period and may be used as bright, cut flowers for the house. An excellent variety. Flowers summer.
Height 91cm (36in)
March – May
July – October
How to Sow
Sow Cosmos seed from March to May at a depth of 3mm (1/8″) in a good quality seed compost, and cover the seeds with a very fine sprinkling of vermiculite. Place the seed tray in a propagator at a temperature of 18-25C (64-77F) or seal it inside a polythene bag. Keep the soil damp but not wet. Do not exclude light as this aids germination which usually takes 7-15 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7cm (3″) potsand grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. When Cosmos plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Transplant outdoors in full sun in any moist, well drained soil at a distance of 45cm (18″) apart. Pinch out the growing tip of each stem when transplanting to encourage stems to branch and produce more Cosmos flowers.
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