Chocolate cosmos should be planted in the sun. Chocolate cosmos prefer damp but well-drained soil.
|Latin name:||Cosmos atrosanguineus|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||June - October|
|Growing Height:||70 - 80 cm|
|Planting distance:||30 - 40 cm|
Cosmos has thick, tuberous roots and grows well in moist, well-drained soil. Improve heavy, soil by mixing in some fresh soil or compost. Prepare a suitable hole and plant the Cosmos with the top of the tubers just below the soil surface, refill the hole and water immediately. Choose a sheltered, sunny area to ensure a good flowering from your Cosmos.
Cosmos is great for a flower pot
Cosmos looks amazing when grown in a flower pot. The beautiful, fresh green foliage grows relatively low and fills the pot. The flowers stand erect on long slender stems far above its lance-shaped leaves. Combine Cosmos with Gaillardia or Pennisetum 'Fireworks' in a large pot or planter.
Cosmos flowers easily, whether in pots or in the ground in the garden. Use a fertilizer for flowering plants at least once a month during the flowering period and this will provide an extra rich bloom. The soil may be moderately moist, but not too wet. Did you plant your Cosmos in a pot? If so, you may need to water more often as the root ball may dry out quicker.
Cosmos can be preserved during the winter but must be protected
The tuberous roots of Chocolate Cosmos are sensitive to frost. Like Dahlias, Cosmos can be preserved during the winter months. In autumn when the leaves have died off cut the dead stems back to 4-5 cm from the roots. Shake the soil off the tubers, allow them to dry, then place the Cosmos in a box with sharp sand or dry compost, and store in a frost-free area. You can plant Cosmos next spring and they will amaze you with their fragrant flowers once again!
The Dutch name 'chocoladebloem' refers to the chocolate fragrance of this special flower. You can particularly smell chocolate on hot, sunny days! The scent fits perfectly with the chocolate brown and dark red hue of their flower petals. The flowers last a long time and are ideal as cut flowers. This plant is also called Black Cosmea.