Cosmos Lady bird are annual flowers with colorful daisy-like flowers that sit atop long slender stems. Blooming throughout the summer months, they attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden. Growing easily from seeds, cosmos even survive in poor soil conditions! Here’s how to grow cosmos.
Cosmos Lady bird produce 3- to 5-inch daisy-like flowers in various colors, including pink, orange, red and yellow, white, and maroon. Their flowerheads may be bowl– or open cup–shaped. These beautiful plants can reach 6 feet tall.
Cosmos grow in both beds and containers—and they also make great cut flowers!
- Just sow seeds lightly—about ¼-inch deep and 12–18 inches apart after the danger of frost has passed. You can also plant transplants instead of seeds.
- Cosmos don’t need any special soil preparation. In fact, they like soil that is not too rich, as rich soil will encourage foliage at the expense of bloom.
- Cosmos flowers can tolerate warm, dry weather. They are even drought-tolerant.
- Depending on the type of flower, cosmos can grow anywhere between 18 to 60 inches tall.
- If you are growing cosmos from seeds, be mindful that it takes about 7 weeks to first bloom. After that, though, your flowers should continue to bloom until the next frost.
- If you want a head start, you can plant cosmos indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost in trays or pots with a good seed-starting mixture. Move them into 5-inch pots as soon as they’re 3 or 4 inches tall.
- If you let the spiky-brown seed heads blow away during the fall, cosmos might self-sow throughout your garden.