Ryan180680 Posts: 191
For the past few months I've been checking where my chocolate cosmos was planted last year to check for new growth but nothing. I had given up any hope however I've just been out and checked and there is some small growth. Would it only just be coming through now?
They are considered half hardy, so unless you have good drainage and can protect them most people I think lift them for winter.
So you are doing well there.
Were you just looking out for shoots, or poking around?
If you had poked about you can inadvertently break off tiny new shoots.
But I think that it is probably only just taking off.
Temperatures have not been consistently high for long yet.
While they do not like low temperatures or winter wet, it has been a very dry time so maybe the recent rain has got it going.
As I did this I expected the cosmos corms to be a flaccid mush but, surprisingly to me, they were plump and healthy but with no signs of growth. I reported them in a cheap plastic pot and tucked it in the coldframe. Spurred by your post I have just checked them and found a very healthy shoot despite the compost being cool and sodden due to the rain. The pot is now in a warmer, more protected spot, and I will buy a nicer terracotta pot for it if it continues to behave.