Cotton Seeds - Levant

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Cotton Seeds - Levant

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  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 10 - 11
  • Height: 30 - 60 inches
  • Bloom Season: Late spring to early fall
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Environment: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Wet soil with pH of 7.0
  • Temperature: 70F
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: 1/4 inch deep
  • Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 9 - 12 inches
  • Care & Maintenance: See: Cotton
Cotton Levant

Levant Cotton (Gossypium Herbaceum) - A very interesting perennial to grow from Levant Cotton seeds with its multi-colored flowers and cotton pods sprinkled all over. Gossypium Herbaceum cotton, or commonly called Levant Cotton, is a species of cotton native to the semi-arid regions of sub-Saharan Africa and Arabia where it still grows in the wild as a perennial shrub. It likes a long, hot growing season to produce the best cotton fibers, so it performs well in the southern United States. However, Levant Cotton plants can be grown with success in cooler areas if grown in a container and moved indoors. It makes for a showy garden plant, and it is fun to watch through all its stages!

Levant Cotton flower seed germinates very easily. In fact, in zone 11 it is considered to be self-sowing, dropping its own cotton seeds and producing more plants. Sow the Gossypium flower seeds indoors in late spring. Use a rich potting mix. Plant 1 - 2 flower seeds per plant, covering 1/4 inch with soil. In ideal conditions the flower seed germinates in 7 - 14 days. Water regularly and abundantly keeping it constantly in a sunny location. Replant the Gossypium plant each month to a larger container to help it grow as the root system expands considerably. Young Levant Cotton plants are very sensitive to cold.