Cosmos bipinnatus 'Antiquity'

Cosmos 'Antiquity' is a new and very beautiful variety of cosmos, with flowers that open the darkest, most luscious crimson and then fade a little to look antiqued. More
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A very beautiful variety of shorter cosmos, with flowers that open the darkest, most luscious crimson and then fade a little to look antiqued. Unusual and lovely.

The brilliant thing about this one is, with shorter stems, it doesn't need staking, and is perfect for pots.

Cosmos last 10 days in the vase, produce at least two buckets of cut flowers a week from a 1 x 1m patch and do so from late June until November – so that's nearly fifty buckets of flowers in one season from a small patch. They are impossible to beat.

Genus Cosmos
Group/Species bipinnatus
Variety Antiquity
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Cosmos
Border Position Cutting Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in mid spring and plant out after last frosts, or direct sow early May. Grow seedlings on in individual pots or modules until large enough to plant out. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 7-10 days before transplanting into the garden after all risk of frost has passed.
Care Tips Pinch out tips at 15-20cm to encourage bushier plants. Stake and tie Cosmos plants if necessary during the growing season, water regularly and dead-head to prolong the flowering season.
Flowering June - November, 12-14 weeks from sowing
Vase Life 7-10 days, no conditioning needed. Pick fresh straight into water, just as the buds are about to bloom, and do not pick in the heat of the day. Deadhead the main blooms that are drooping and going over after about a week. Place out of direct sunlight.
Harvesting Flower production: 4-5 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Cosmos bipinnatus 'Antiquity' reviews

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Reviewed 9th August 2019 by Stella

Don't think a single plant has survived. But think that's probably more my fault than the Cosmos seeds. Going to try again next year.
All the other plants and produce I have bought from Sarah has been perfect and also very well packaged.
Thank you

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Janet

No No No. I'm sorry but this cosmos I didn't like at all. The plants were healthy and plenty of flowers but the colour was awful. I'd chosen them for their pinky redness as in your picture but they all turned into a muddy brown colour. Not Sarah Raven true to colour advertised at all. I wouldn't grown them again.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mellie

Very poor germination. Maybe something I did? But planted in usual way in seed tray

Cosmos Antiquity

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Reviewed 3rd July 2018 by sally noakes

Grew these from seed. They grew well and I put them in pots with Orlaya which I also grew from seed. The Orlaya are lovely but the Antiquity are not my favourite Cosmos as they have a very faded look about them. Would not grow again.

Cosmos Antiquity and Nicotiana lime green

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Reviewed 3rd May 2015 by Vanessa Smith

The seedlings arrived in very good order and I potted them on immediately. Notice of arrival was given. The nicotiana are growing on strongly but the cosmos are not moving much, in fact despite protection , three have suffered with the frost, and I have lost them. Looking forward to seeing the combination when they are planted out.