Melancholic Cosmos. / Kosmos in Suid-Afrika

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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Ons weet almal kosmos is eintlik ’n indringerplant en oorspronklik van Amerika, maar dis ook ’n bekende en lieflike gesig oral langs ons paaie in Suid-Afrika: Kosmos is genadeblomme, jy saai nie, plant nie, gee nie water nie maar as jy kyk staan hul langs die pad, ’n lus vir die oog.
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Genus Cosmos has about 20 species of annual and perennial plants in the Asteraceae family, the family of sunflowers, Daisies and Asters. Cosmos genus includes, Cosmos bipinnatus, commonly known as Mexican Aster and Cosmos sulphureus, Yellow Cosmos , and Cosmos atrosanguineus Chocolate Cosmos.
Growing Cosmos flowers
•Sow the cosmos seeds directly just before the last frost.
•Give 12 inches of space between the plants.
•Spread the cosmos seeds over freshly turned bare soil.
•Press the seed into the dirt, and do not cover the seed.
•Cosmos seeds germinate quickly.
•Cosmos plants normally grow to 4-5 feet in a season.
•Most of the Cosmos varieties are annuals, but there are perennial varieties also.
•Perennial varieties of cosmos are Rhizomes and can be propagated by division.
Caring Cosmos flowers
•Spent flowers should be deadheaded regularly, as it keeps cosmos in bloom for many weeks.
•Overfertilizing and overwatering reduces the flower production.
•Cosmos flower plants are drought tolerant but water Cosmos plants during long dry spells.
•After the plants die after the first frost, remove them, and keep as compost, which helps as mulch for the next year plants.
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