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When We Plant, There is Hope. When Flowers Bloom, There is Life.

We hope the beautiful blooms of your Cosmos Pinkie flowers will be an inspiring reminder of the important role you’re playing in the fight to end breast cancer. Support like yours gives all of us hope for a future without breast cancer!

Tips for Planting Your Seeds of Hope

  • Cosmos grows in both beds and containers, and they tolerate warm, dry weather very well.
  • Soil should be well draining but not too rich.
  • Direct sow seeds outdoors once the danger of frost has passed, or start indoors in trays or pots 4 to 6 weeks before your last spring frost. Move into 5-inch pots when 3 to 4 inches tall.
  • Sow seeds lightly — no more than ¼ inch deep.
  • Thin to 12 to 18 inches apart when seedlings are a few inches tall.
  • Can grow anywhere from 18 to 60 inches tall, so plan accordingly.
  • It will take about seven weeks from planting to first bloom.
  • If spiky, brown seed heads blow away during the fall, cosmos may self-sow throughout your garden.
  • To prolong flowering, prune faded or dead flowers.
  • May be necessary to stake tall plants.
  • Water regularly until plants are established or if it is unusually dry. Don’t overwater or overfertilize.
  • Cosmos can tolerate dry soil, even in a hot, arid, sunbaked spot.
  • Cut off flowers anytime after blooming.
  • Blossoms cut when they first open will last more than a week in water. Strip off the lower leaves and put them in a vase.

Together, we can save lives! Every day, more mothers, sisters and daughters are turning to Susan G. Komen for help. Your generous gift today ensures no one fights alone!

If you or someone you know has questions about breast health or breast cancer, or needs assistance during any part of a breast cancer journey, contact the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline at 1-877 GO KOMEN (877-465-6636) or Se habla español.