Friday, 14 December 2012
More on the Cotton Experiment
I wasn't sure how my cotton was going to spin. It was obviously not quite like what you see in the photos of fully developed bolls. It was very soft, softer than the cotton I have been spinning. However, a lot of it was shorter than short. Despite lots of twist, there were places it would just fall apart when you looked at it. Nothing worth saving from this bunch, just a rather huge volume of seeds for such a small amount of cotton.
There is still one plant left. It is green cotton. I know that as there was only one white cotton seedling when I planted them. The one boll on it that survived is getting huge. It should be opening soon or I hope since it's been there for almost 4 months. The plant has a bunch of new buds about to develop. The current quest is to find out if they can be hand pollinated or do they have to have wind or bees? From what I've read, cotton has a rather short window of opportunity for pollination. I can try to simulate the wind with a fan, or use a little paint brush to pollinate but can't do the bee thing in late December or January around here!
You'd think that this might be classified as a failure and I'd figure that growing cotton in the Great White North is not going to happen. However, I've already got some ideas to try for next summer. It will never be a big crop, but having enough cotton bolls of my own would be rather fun.