|This Cotton bloom is white but the other was pinkish in colour.|
It's definitely autumn here and on Saturday, the temperatures were supposed to drop to about 6C. I had some plants that needed to be repotted and brought inside for the winter. So the Meyer Lemon, the Key Lime and the Basil were repotted to bring inside for the winter. Two of the cotton plants looked worthy, so I took them out of the planters and put them into clean, new pots. Then I took a good look at them. Despite my neglect, there are two cotton bolls forming on one plant and the second plant has started flowering. It has 2 more buds ready to bloom. I've no idea what colour cotton either of the plants will produce though.
The cotton houseplant instructions suggest that I should stop watering the plant, to allow it to dry out and the bolls to finish developing. However there are signs of more blooms developing, so I may let it go for a bit longer. Does anyone know if it will harm the current developing bolls?
I'm hoping to try this again next year. I now know that I should plant the seeds in February or March to allow more time for the seeds to mature before they go outside. As well, they'll go in the front, with more sunshine and I'll remember to feed them once in a while! It would be fun to find a couple of brown cotton seeds to try out as well. I love the idea of spinning naturally coloured cottons!