Growing cotton 2.0

Last year, I grew cotton as an ornamental. My plants weren’t impressive, but they did flower and set seed, thus letting me have another shot this year.

A bit of my homegrown harvest.

A bit of my homegrown harvest.

I started them very early this year, and will pot them on and move them to my cold frame in a few weeks.

Cotton seedlings started in Keurig cups.

Cotton seedlings started in Keurig cups.

Cotton requires a long growing season, which is not a problem here, but I plan to experiment with starting some crops early under pre-heated soil (which we discussed this week on GardenChat), and cotton will be one of my test subjects.

The main challenge to growing cotton well, I think, may be its hungry nature. I’m planning to plant it this year near roses and other greedy plants, so I can concentrate my inputs in a few key locations.

What plants are you experimenting with this season?

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2 thoughts on “Growing cotton 2.0

  1. Cool. I tried for the last two years to get a few plants growing again, but they die off shortly after sprouting. I have my fingers crossed for this spring, but I’m not sure if the seeds still have enough umpf in them to sprout. Yours look great and they should have plenty of time to take off!

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