Cottage Gardening forum: Cosmos -- what's the difference between......

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Name: Terese
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tcs1366
Oct 22, 2010 3:09 PM CST
Sonata and Sensation Mix??

I know i've had both - but i honestly can't tell the difference, unless it's height.

I harvested some seeds of what i thought was Sensation -- you know, those 4-6' tall monsters??

and i just want to make sure i label them correctly for trades.

TIA,

Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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gemini_sage
Nov 11, 2010 4:32 PM CST
Sorry Terese, I just saw this post. Right, the Sonata series are the short ones, mine reached about 2 1/2', and the Sensation series can be whoppers- I've had them tower over my head. I was curious of the Sonatas would revert, but had a few reseed and they remained short Smiling
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Name: Terese
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tcs1366
Nov 11, 2010 4:48 PM CST
thanks... I found a tag in my flower bed that said Sonata... but i never had any short pink ones.. only those monsters.
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gemini_sage
Nov 11, 2010 4:55 PM CST
The Sonatas come in pink, crimson, and white as well as the mixture. The pink and white ones produced bigger plants and blooms than the crimson for me.
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Name: Terese
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tcs1366
Nov 11, 2010 5:04 PM CST
I think i did get white once... i snagged some seeds a few years back from a lady friends yard. they were definitely shorter. 18" maybe.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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gardengus
Jan 2, 2011 5:01 PM CST
I have discovered a way to shorten the ''monsters'' , when they are about a foot tall pull them and transplant. It must shock them and they end up about 30% shorter. this also works well on bachelors buttons.
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Name: Terese
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tcs1366
Jan 2, 2011 5:10 PM CST
thanks Cinda... sometimes you do not know how tall they are going to get, and when you plant it in the border, you get a 6' tall plant that does not bloom until late in the Fall.... if at all.

I had 2 last year that never bloomed.
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irisarian
Jan 11, 2011 10:38 PM CST
Would just pinching back do the trick?
Name: Terese
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tcs1366
Jan 12, 2011 6:51 AM CST
Pretty sure it would. I will certainly have to remember to try that next summer.
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ge1836
Feb 12, 2011 4:44 AM CST
Great transplant idea garden gus I'll give it a try.
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chelle
Mar 6, 2011 2:30 PM CST

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I've tried pinching back the cosmos. It didn't work for me. Yes, the plant stayed shorter, but it never branched and never bloomed. It could be that I pinched incorrectly. I'm not a very disciplined pincher. Whistling
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