Cotton Seeds - Levant
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
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: Cotton
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.