Cosmos - Antiquity
The flowers are rich burgundy on opening and change to an antique bronze-salmon when ageing creating an attractive, two-toned effect. This very early flowering variety is floriferous all summer and excellent for borders or containers.
Sow March to May on the surface of a good, free-draining, damp, seed compost. Cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a polythene bag and place at a temperature of 20-25C until after germination which usually takes 7-14 days. Do not exclude light as this helps germination. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into trays or 7.5cm pots. Gradually acclimatise plants to cooler conditions for a few weeks before planting out after all risk of frost, 3-45cm apart.