When to Plant in Spring:
- Earliest Planting Date: 2 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Latest Planting Date: 5 weeks after Average Last Frost
- Length of Planting Window: 3 weeks
- To find your Average First or Last Frost, click here and type in your zip code.
Planting: Sow seeds ¼ inch deep, spacing plants 12-15 inches apart. (An early indoor sowing is recommended for colder northern regions)
Care: Cotton plants are heavy feeders. Mix plenty of organic matter into your soil into your prior to planting. Use a fertilizer high in potassium.
Harvest: Cotton is ready to harvest once the bolls have cracked open and the white fluffy stuff starts to appear. Be sure to comb it out for seeds. Wear gloves when harvesting.
Special Instructions/Tips: Please be aware that some states prohibit the planting and growing of cotton without a permit. Please check with your county extension before purchasing cotton seeds.
Germination: 7 – 14 days
Days to Maturity: 120-180
Preferences: plenty of water, partial sun, well-draining soil