Has anyone ever grown cotton in their home garden? I've just ordered
seeds for 3 different coloured cotton so would like some growing tips
form anyone with experience. I am after the bolls as I'm a spinner and
thought it might be interesting to try to grow my own cotton so I'm
after the flowers followed by the bolls.
I had thought that feeding with 'flower and fruit' fertiliser might be
appropriate once I get them growing.
As I recall from studying cotton in elementary school more than 60 years
ago, cotton plants require a lot of water and some fertilizer. However,
the bolls are damaged if the plant gets rain as the bolls are ripening.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
Well that sounds positive. It's good to know that it is possible to
grow enough to have a play with it. Next time you talk to your friend
could you see if she has any particular cultivation tips please and
Yes, I do knit, but I wasn't thinking of knitting any cotton. Years
ago, I knitted one short sleeved top and as you say, it was heavy and
too hot for our summers. I was thinking that I might include any cotton
I can manage to produce into some weaving project or other.
First I have to actually grow it and the seeds haven't even arrived yet
- hopefully that should be tomorrow or the next day.
Ah. We don't have humid here. Hot yes, but not humid as we're inland.
Is humid important for cotton do you know?
Drat, now I've got a song about Alabama running my brain and I'm darned
if I can remember who sun it or enough of the lyrics to do a google!!!!
Certainly here in the US cotton was grown under such conditions (its
commercial heyday is long gone here) .
Granted, these requirements are mainly for commercial plantings, but a
quick Google shows what you see blow...Odd, the list below mentions
"dry conditions," but when cotton was king in the south before the
Civil war, I assure you, nothing was dry about the climate down
there....Mississippi River delta provided the water and the shipping
Cotton is grown between latitudes of 37° north and 30° south in
temperate, subtropical and tropical regions and on every continent.
Ideal conditions for the cotton plant are:
Long vegetation periods (175 to 225 days) without frost.
Constant temperatures between 18 and 30°.
Ample sunshine and fairly dry conditions.
A minimum of 500 mm of water between germination and boll formation.
Deep, well-drained soils with a good nutrient content.
Nah, it's not 'Oh Susannah' - it's a modern song. I keep wondering if
it's Steely Dan or some group like that -it's got a very nasal 'Alabam'
repeat refrain in it. Not 'Alabama', but 'Alabam'.
Drat, it'd disappeared overnight but now I've got it running round in my
Nope, that's not it either - good and closer to the right age of the
song but it's still not it.
I'm going to have to go and look at the LP collection and then check out
the CDs or the old cassettes..................... This is going to
drive me nuts till I find it.
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