how well do cosmos transplant?

louisianagal(z7bMS)October 11, 2012

I sowed some cosmos around a maple tree in front yard. They are pretty. It is the Seashell mix with pinks and white. The colors sort of clash with the mixed shrub and perennial border along the foundation in the front. So I am wondering if I could lift them and move them elsewhere, or just let them be. Not sure I can harvest any seed becoz we will probably get a killing frost this month. I don't think they will go to seed b4 then.

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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I wouldn't try to transplant them if they are already blooming. You might be surprised how quickly cosmos will produce seed. I bet you could have seeds in two weeks. You'll need to protect the flowers once they have faded, to keep birds from eating the seeds and knocking them onto the ground. I've used old nylons or tulle bags from the wedding department at craft stores. Tie them around the faded flowers and let them catch the seeds as they dry. Good luck. If you don't manage to save any seed, I've got lots that I've save in the past year or two that I'd be happy to donate.

Martha

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 10:17PM
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louisianagal(z7bMS)

Thank You!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 11:32AM
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