WILD COSMO (COSMO CAUDATUS) 30 SEEDS
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Wild cosmos are one of our favorite newer plants that we finally got to grow because the amazing Tien aka "Delectable Day" on instagram finally started selling saved seed from her plants. Domesticated cosmos don't really love our climate and while they will reluctantly grow during the winter their yield can be disappointing. Not wild cosmo! These wildflower looking wild and rangey plants absolutely love it in South Florida and will grow and flower year round, making tons of tiny pink flowers that pollinators love. If you prune old flowers off the plant it will make more for you, and don't forget to save yourself seed from a few old flowers too for next season.
The plant is used as a salad leaf crop in Latin America, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia and its leaf taste is very hard to describe beyond calling it "herbaceous". If grown in partial shade the leaves will remain softer and more tender but you'll get less flowers. This plant also folds its leaves up at night and goes to bed, which is pretty adorable!
Planting and growing tips: Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in premoistened potting mix in a small pot or seedling tray. Keep cells moist in partial shade until germination, when they can be moved to full sun exposure. Seeds take 5-10 days to germinate and are quick growing. Wild cosmo start as a compact plant similar to a marigold but once they start flowering they will stretch and branch. They respond well to pruning so if they get too rangey you can always prune back new growth to condense the plant and encourage new flowers. If you don't collect seeds and let this plant do its thing expect it to self seed all over your yard or garden.
All seeds were harvested from our urban farm and plant nursery in 2022. Seed packages are hand silkscreened by Gold Teeth Brooklyn, a handmade stationery company based in Washington.
Seeds have been tested for reliable germination in our nursery at 80 degree daytime temperatures. We recommend using them within 1 year of date of purchase.