Cotton Growing Guide

Soil

Rich soil enriched with plenty of compost.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Cannot tolerate frost.

Feeding

Mix a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting cotton. In midsummer when flowering begins, topdress with more fertilizer or drench with a liquid plant food.

Companions

Basil, Garlic, Cilantro, Mint, Sage, Dill, Onion, Onions and Sunflower.

Spacing

Single Plants: 1′ 11″ (60cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1′ 5″ (45cm) with 3′ 3″ (1.00m) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow directly when the soil is warm. In cooler climates start seed indoors and transplant out after the last frost, being careful not to disturb the roots. Water very well before planting.

Notes

Cotton thrives on heat, but does not respond well to overwatering. In cool climates, grow individual cotton plants in large, dark-colored containers to increase root warmth.

Harvesting

Harvest after bolls split open, during a period of dry weather. Cut cotton on long stems and dry in bunches, like herbs.

Troubleshooting

Night-flying beetles often chew holes in cotton leaves, but this problem is mostly cosmetic.