Last year, thumbing through my favorite gardening magazine I saw a little ad for cotton seeds. I thought, why not? It’s just $9 for a pack of seeds (high for seeds, but more seeds than I would have room to plant in 1 year anyway).
I cleaned out some weird mums that I never really liked from the store’s front flower bed & planted 10 or so seeds. Then the unexpected dry months followed. I tried to be diligent to water my little experiment, but thought I had failed. Then, one day, a new plant emerged & I let it grow, hoping I wasn’t growing just a big weed.
Today I noticed a first bloom. A butter yellow flower, tightly coiled. I had to check the pictures on the net just to be sure, but alas, I HAD grown cotton in the hills of Tennessee!
There are buds still forming & one large one about to pop (bottom in this pic)
I can’t wait to show you more as my cotton moves from pretty flower to whispy boll. I had hopes of having it spun, but I doubt one plant will yield enough to fool with. There’s always next year!
So, we can grow cotton! I’m not much on fertilizer or insect spray, so I would say my cotton is even organic (please don’t pile on me here…I’m just making commentary, not certifying or defining organic).
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