Chocolate Cosmos from Seed - Knowledgebase Question

Richmond, VT
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Question by lalib
November 15, 1997
I am wondering if I can grow chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) from seed. I have never seen seeds for this plant in any catalog. I've saved some seeds and wonder if it is worth trying to start them myself next spring. Thanks.

Answer from NGA
November 15, 1997
Isn't their fragrance just heavenly? Chocolate cosmos are actually grown from a tuber, much like a dahlia. I doubt seriously you would get satisfactory results from the seed. In most areas (Zone 6 and below) these tubers must be removed from the ground during the winter months and stored until the spring (once again, much like a dahlia). You could always try the seed and see what "pops up". Let us know what happens!

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