About Cosmos Versailles
To enjoy these beautiful flowers all season long, it is best to transplant Cosmos Versailles. If you start them from seed in the garden, you'll miss half the blooms! The intense colorful daisy-like blooms are profuse with delicate foliage. Tall, radiant and graceful flowers bloom into vibrant shades of pink, crimson and white flowers on extra sturdy stems. Cosmos Versailles grow 4 ft. and make an excellent cut flower. Washington State University lists Cosmos as a deer resistant plant.
Planting and Growing Cosmos
Make sure your Cosmos “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area that is sunny. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot.