HISTORICAL ~ EASY TO GROW
GREAT FOR KID'S GARDEN!
In use for at least 7,000 years, no other 'global seed' has shaped civilization like the White Cotton Plant.
- Cotton is actually a Perennial! Gardens in no-freeze zones and/or indoor gardeners can treat White Cotton as a returning perennial or grow it as a beautiful potted house plant near a bright window.
- The variety "Gossypium hirsutum" constitutes 95% of the cotton grown in the United States and 90% of all cotton grown worldwide.
- Amazingly, global civilizations isolated from each other, not only grew the fiber for cloth, they independently created the same exact tools, including looms (still used today) necessary to make it into fabric.
- Cotton made its grand debut in America during colonial Jamestown.
- The light weight cotton replaced wool clothing worn in layers, making it a welcomed relief from the sweltering heat.
- Grand bonus for fashion: White Cotton was dye-able...in colors!
Why not grow a little piece of history in your own back yard! And if you don't have a long growing season, cotton makes a great houseplant!
GROWS: In & Out Doors (will not tolerate frost)
POTS: Yes. The larger your pot, the larger your plant.
GERMINATES: 6-8 days. Flowers 45 days from seed.
GERMINATE INDOORS: 6-8 weeks before last frost in peat pods. Keep moist not wet. Place in warm bright window.
DIRECT SOW: When ground warms (60 degrees and above), add compost to soil and plant 1" deep. Water once a week. Use Tomato fertilizer when two sets of leaves appear. To get cotton bolls to pop: Stop watering plant at 120 days, bolls will crack open around 130-150 days.
ZONES: Annual in all zones. Perennial if potted and taken inside to overwinter.
SOIL: Add compost.
NOTE: Once the white cotton pops, it must be picked before the next rain. Getting wet at this point will ruin it.