Double Click Cranberries Cosmos Plants
- Colour: Deepest carmine
- Height: 90-100 cms
- Planting Months: May to July
- Flowering: June to November
Cosmos Double Click Cranberries
Cosmos Cranberries Is one of the taller cosmos so perfect for the middle of a border. Make sure you can reach it though because it carries simply massed of ruffled, double flowers in the most stunning deep carmine which are perfect for cutting. It really is an eye catcher of a plant with flowers that can be 8 cms across. An essential member of our range of cosmos seedlings.
We love Cosmos, as given sun and water, they flower non-stop, all summer long. They make a fine feature planting in their own right, or you use them as a filler for one of those gaps in the border that somehow always seem to be overlooked. The leaves are beautiful in April/May and then Cosmos Cranberries begins to produce an almost endless stream of its lovely blooms in deepest pink. At its best planted en masse - either mixed with other Double Click Cosmos or on its own - in a border, you can also plant Cranberries successfully in containers.
If Cosmos Cranberries is cut to be used in vases indoors or deadheaded as its blooms fade, it will carry on flowering all summer until the first frosts. There is probably not another plant family that flowers as hard for as long. Cutting helps that process and as cosmos is a very good cut flower - lasting 7-10 days in water we maintain that planting a patch somewhere is simply essential.
- Type: Half-hardy Annual
- Flowers: Double, ruffled, to 8cms across
- Colour: Wonderful red wine/carmine
- Height: 90-100 cms
- Planting Months: April - June/July
- Flowering: May - November
- Plant Spacing: 35-50 cms
Plant Cosmos Double Click Cranberries seedlings in well prepared, moist soil that ideally was enriched with a little organic matter the previous autumn. Not too much as Cosmos flower better if the soil is not overly rich. Water well after planting and for at least a week after that just to make sure they establish well.
Cosmos also grow very well in containers but remember that they can reach 100 cms in ideal conditions so we would suggest using pot sizes of at least 5 Litres and preferably a bit more. Any general purpose compost will do here.
The main requirements are that your plants have enough light and water - they grow very fast and flower hugely through summer so moisture is important. They can cope with a little shade but flower better in full sun. In general, they need an absolute minimum of 4 hours direct light a day, but 6-8 hours would be better.
Because you are buying seedlings, you can plant your cosmos into their final flowering positions immediately. Space your plants 35-50 cm apart and (in a bed) plant them in drifts of rather than singly. They will either need a 90 cms cane per plant (which should be pushed in about 30 cms deep and about 5 cm from a plant) or a support made of twine or pea/bean netting. This should be stretched between canes about 40 cms above ground level and the cosmos can then grow through it. It is not pretty at first but the plants disguise it very quickly and it is an effective solution (if you are anti-plastic, you can also make a cat's cradle of twine between canes around the outside of the planting). Just don't plant a group that is so big you can't reach the middle...
As flowers develop cut them or dead head when they are over and your cosmos will carry on flowering all summer long. A well-grown plant can quite literally produce a hundred flowers or so in a season.
To maintain flower quality and size, you can use a high potash and phosphate fertiliser every fortnight throughout summer Home-made comfrey tea is perfect or one of the specialised tomato fertilisers will do very well.