“During this time of crisis, many families have faced significant challenges and more than ever have had to rely on our food banks. Supporting the food bank is one important way for us to support families during this time of need.”
- Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Provincial Health Officer
West Coast Seeds salutes Dr. Bonnie Henry MD, MPH, FRCPC, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer. Help us pay tribute to Dr. Henry by raising funds for her charity of choice, Food Banks Canada. Thirty four per cent of Canadians relying on food banks are children, even though they represent only nineteen per cent of the population. 100% of proceeds from the sale of the seed pack will be donated to Food Banks Canada in the province or territory where it is purchased from. The blend includes Purity, Bright Lights, Daydream, and Sensation Mix.
This product was developed with the cooperation and participation of Dr. Henry and her team.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this charitable initiative. So far, you've helped us raise over $225,000 for Food Banks Canada.
Cosmos will flower more in poor soil, rather than rich, so avoid manures and fertilizers. Pinch out the growing point when plants are around 45cm (18″) tall to encourage bushier growth and more flowering points. Water during very dry spells, but otherwise, Cosmos is well suited to xeriscaping. Cosmos seeds are easy to harvest and save. These annual plants are sometimes referred to as Cosmea. Continue reading below for tips on how to grow Cosmos from seed.
Cosmos bipinnatus & C. sulfureus
Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Direct sow after the last frost date. Several sowings will result in a very long bloom period. Cosmos can also be started indoors in late winter for transplanting after last frost, once daytime temperatures are above 10°C (50°F). Seeds will sprout in 3-10 days. Optimal temperature for germination: 21-25°C (70-75°F).
Sow seeds very shallowly only a few millimetres (1/8″) deep. Thin or transplant to 20-25cm (8-10″) apart.
Most varieties can get quite tall, and in exposed or windy gardens can benefit from staking or trellis netting laid horizontally over the bed for the stems to grow through before blooming. Deadhead and cut for bouquets regularly to extend the bloom period.