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Are any Canadians interested in growing cotton?

 
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Currently they are in just promix potting soil, inside under lights since it hasn't been conducive to growing anything outside here at the moment lol. Weather is looking better though so I think I'm gonna be moving them outside for a few hours during the day in the shade to start hardening them off. They aren't very big yet even though they are about 4 months old, little over a foot or so. Its possible it might be too little water, I have a bad habit of over watering my indoor plants, so I've been trying to hold back with them cause I don't want to kill them,
 
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I started my seeds in potting mix on a heat mat maybe a month ago. I had a bit more than 50 % germination, but a few withered and died (including the bare seeded one ). They are all still on their first set of leaves, I want to keep them indoors for another week or two, but may transplant into larger pots now that most of the tomatos are out. I figure i will grow a few here in the front garden as a flower, and give a few to my dad as potted plants (he has an attached greenhouse, so can being them in for the fall if necessary).

Oh! I should mention that I had decent germination on the heat trays, but no germination without them, even after I moved those trays onto the heat mats later.
 
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mine took close to a month before they grew any true leaves. I got 3 plants still going, but they are looking rough, should be able to move them out sometime this week, so hopefully they will perk up with better light and more space.
 
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Well, I've got a few bolls on my plants, only have maybe a week or two left of growing season, maybe a little longer if I'm really lucky. Hopefully they are mature enough to produce some seed for next year.
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I should update this as an utter failure for me. I planted my cotton in the hottest garden, the front, expecting it to need a lot of warmth. We had a drought, and I ended up needing to go away for a week for an emergency in the worst part of the drought, and my cotton all shrivelled up and died. I had been having a hard time keeping it alive in the heat even before the emergency. I begin to see why those infographics say cotton is a very water intensive crop!
 
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Eldon Dore wrote:Well, I've got a few bolls on my plants, only have maybe a week or two left of growing season, maybe a little longer if I'm really lucky. Hopefully they are mature enough to produce some seed for next year.



'Cause I'm not sure what's best, I harvested a couple every week to find out which would work and which wouldn't.  

Another thing to try is to dig up one plant, prune it back, and see if it will survive as a houseplant over the winter.  I did this with my first few plants and it went well.  
 
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Anyone else have any updates on 2020 Canadian Cotton?  There may be a prize.
 
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I'm in! I live is South Eastern BC!

Zone 4 - 950m above sea level

I have a 1/2 acre I own and 5 acres I rent (zone 3 - 1000m).
 
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