Container (½ gal. Milk carton or similar container)
Planting cotton seed
in a room at plus 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
potting soil and mix with local soil (50% soil and 50%
off the top of container, rinse clean, and cut drain
holes in its bottom.
the container with the moist potting mixture to 2 inches
from the top.
3-4 seeds on the soil and firmly cover seeds with 1
inch of moist potting mixture.
in sunlight and rotate the container a quarter turn
moisture daily and add ½-1 cup
of water whenever the top inch of soil is dry.
will emerge in 7-10 days.
the plants have emerged gradually increase amount of
water until the soil
moistened for several
inches below the surface. To maintain
adequate moisture to the roots water approximately
every 7-10 days.
Note: The above planting method will not guarantee the
growth of a cotton plant to harvest. In order to grow cotton
plants to maturity:
the seeds in a container that is 30-36 inches deep
open sunlight 4-5 hours each day
with step #4-9 above. Cotton is a drought tolerant plant,
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You will need:
Prepared outside flower bed or garden area
Compost or humus
Garden tools (rack, shovel, weed hoe)
Lawn sprinkler and garden or soaker hose
tillable, work the soil to 1-2 inches deep to eliminate
inch of compost or humus may be incorporated into the
soil. This supplement is a source of nitrogen,
potassium and trace minerals needed to produce a strong
rows and furrows by dragging a garden hoe in a straight
line the length and width of the garden.
the center of each row measure 30 inches, with a furrow
as the row in high.
or moisten the soil to establish deep soil moisture.
the soil temperature, using a soil thermometer. Soil
should be 58-60 degree at
6 inches deep for
three consecutive days at 8 AM in the spring
(after all threat of frost has
seeds in moist soil, in groups of three seeds, 1 inch
deep and 4 inches
soil around the seeds and leave 1 inch of loose fine
dirt above the seeds.
15 days for emergence.
additional water should be necessary.
first irrigation should begin
4-5 weeks after emergence.
to deliver water to the small plants through
the summer months.
this requires irrigation
every 8-16 days.
the plants no longer receive water (16-18 weeks
they will naturally
to dry and shed
their leaves, and the bolls
will split open allowing
the fiber to dry.
cotton is ready for harvest when all of
a ball of fluff.
On a commercial level of cotton production, pests
are difficult to control. Though not practical
you may try
the following methods to discourage pests (insects & animal)
from your cotton plants:
a fence around your cotton of basil to repel worms
and flies; onions, garlic, anise and coriander for
aphid; mint, sage, dill and thyme to protect from moths.
a board bright yellow (school bus yellow). Then coat
the surface with
a sticky substance such as
mineral oil or car oil. Place the board next to a cotton plant. Every
few days wipe off the layer of insects adhered
can eat over 100 insects a day. To keep toads happy
build a toad house from a clay flowerpot half
buried on its side and provide a pond from a buried pie plate full
more birds you have in the area of your plants the fewer
insects you will have
to deal with. To attract
birds: a) erect “bird hotels” b) scatter cracked corn
or sunflower seeds c) provide birdbaths
and bird feeders for a steady source of water and food.
in the growing season, when insect pests become a larger
problem wash the entire plant off
with a solution of 2 tablespoons of mild detergent and 1 gallon of water
to control aphid, spider mite and whiteflies.
Crushed garlic, red pepper and ground dead bugs may be added to the water.
Commercial plant soaps are also good
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