Cutting Cosmos as Colored Buds - Bad Idea?

thinman(Z5 MI)August 31, 2009

I have recently been trying to get more vase life out of cosmos by cutting it as colored, just barely opening buds. They generally open the next day in the vase, and I have been selling them this way for the last two weeks.

I have a bouquet at home that didn't sell on Saturday, and the cosmos in it is already looking almost shot, dropping pollen all over and one has totally wilted. Have I been doing the wrong thing by trying to cut it early?

There may be something else going on in the vase, as two snaps are also drooping, and the bachelor buttons are looking old already. The bouquet was made up Friday night and is in plain water.

I may have to give free bouquets to some customers this week.

Do any of you cut cosmos in the bud stage?


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Yes, I cut cosmos in bud stage because if you don't they will not last long. I would try them in plain water by themselves, maybe the snaps or bachelor's buttons are doing something.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2009 at 12:20PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

Thanks, all bout. I've been continuing to cut them in the bud stage and they have been doing fine and playing well with others. I think that one vase got contaminated somehow and it was just a coincidence that it happened just as I was starting to cut the cosmos as buds.

I appreciate your taking the time to answer.


    Bookmark   September 7, 2009 at 8:11PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

ThinMan, (and others!) when you cut, how many buds do you usually have on the stem, and how many of them open in the vase? My fear is always that I will cut then with buds and most of the buds won't open. Do you usually have at least one already-opened bloom on the stem?


    Bookmark   September 8, 2009 at 5:15PM
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thinman(Z5 MI)

I have been cutting them when the bud has become pointed. At least half of these open the next day, and the rest by the following day. Usually, the rest of the buds on the stem are more immature and I often clip a lot of those off. I don't know how immature a bud can be and still open in the vase, but I think it would need to be at least showing color.


    Bookmark   September 9, 2009 at 12:54PM
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