Wednesday, 5 October 2022

Growing Cotton Plant & Other White Flowers In My Garden

One day, a friend brought me a plant that she has grown in a small pot for me.

This is the cotton plant that my friend gave me. 
When I received the plant, there were 3 green bolls.  I have not seen this plant before and I thought the green bolls were flower buds. From the internet, I found out that they are referred to as bolls and not buds or pods.
Then after about a week, the green bolls cracked open and revealed the white cotton inside. One by one, all 3 green pods cracked open and the white cotton exposed.
Cotton plants love full sun but it can be grown indoors too.
Cotton plants can easily grow from seeds.
I must remind myself not to over water this cotton plant.
According to my friend, cotton plants have flowers. I am looking forward to see the flowers.
From the internet:
Large yellow flowers will appear in 45 days from sowing. Flowers wither off and form bolls which crack open to form fluffy cotton in about 130-150 days from sowing.
Fluffy cotton harvest from 3 bolls from my plant.
Cotton separated from the dried bolls.
Dried bolls.
Seeds removed from the fluffy cotton.
Will be using some of these seeds to grow some cotton plants.
Fluffy cotton in plastic container on the left, seeds and dried bolls on the right.
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Other white flowers from my garden.
Tiny white flowers from the Spider plants.
Spider plants make good hanging plants.
This is the 2nd white orchid flower from this plant.
This white flowers can last for about 5 days.
Can you see the cute little face in the center of the flower?


Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.
Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers,
letting God know your concerns.
Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness,
everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.
It's wonderful what happens
when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
(Philippians 4:6-7, The Message-MSG)

39 comments:

  1. Your Orchid is stunning,and so snowy white! I had no idea a cotton plant can be grown inside, either.

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  2. I have never seen a real cotton plant! Would that grow in Germany???
    How "cool" is this!
    Well, winter coming up, but in Spring I´ll ask at the nursery!
    ATM I have an avocado on the way. It´s not doing well...

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    1. Thank you, Iris. Hope you get to harvest and enjoy the avocado.

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  3. The white orchid flower looks absolutely amazing! What do you do with the cotton you harvested?

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    1. Thank you, Angie. The cotton is not much and I have no idea yet.

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  4. That's a lot of cotton from just three pods. I had no clue that spider plants flower.
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  5. Wow! How interesting! So you can have fresh clean cotton from your garden. The tiny white flowers of the Spider Plant are so pretty, Your white orchid is stunning!

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  6. Hello Nancy :=)
    An interesting plant to grow in your garden, and cotton wool for free. It must have been exciting to pick the cotton, and now you have the seeds you will never have to buy cottonwool again!! :=)) Lovely orchid, it's a shame it is so short lived, but the spider plant keeps on giving, new little spider plants. It grows well in my garden, and I too think the little flowers very pretty.

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    1. Its a pity that I don't have the space to grow more cottong plants. Thank you, Breathtaking.

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  7. Thank you Nancy for all the photos showing your cotton plant. Are you going to make cotton threads with the cotton you harvested? I see two nostrils instead of a face in the center of the flower.

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  8. Bolls look so fluffy and soft to touch

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  9. What are you going to make with the cotton?? Wow, didn't know the cotton plant could be that small and grow well. I have seen bigger cotton trees. There is one in Kuching, very old tree. Can't remember the last time it had cotton but did went over once with the kids to enjoy the view and white cotton on the grass.

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    1. I too have seen the big cotton trees and not this small cotton plants. I have not idea what to do with the cotton.

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  10. Che belle piante! E che fortuna prodursi il cotone, non l'avevo mai visto!

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  11. Very pretty. I love your garden.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, Nancy. ♥

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  12. Very nice of your friend to give you this cute plant. I love it. Gigi hawaii

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  13. Cerca de donde vivo siembran mucho algodo y conozco la planta, es muy bonita. Besos.

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  14. I love the white spider plant. The flower itself is so beautiful Nancy.

    Cruisin Paul

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  15. I live to far north to grow cotton.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  16. I can see how having one or two cotton plants, for fresh cotton to use in the house, would be a good thing.

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    1. The cotton, even in small amount will come in handy when needed.

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  17. The cotton plant looks interesting. I'm sure you'll use the cotton for crafts or use for self. The orchids are nice too. For some reason my echinacea plants have not been blooming after I moved them into sunlight like they supposed to be. Sometimes I just don't need to grow anymore plants. Have a good day.

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    1. Thank you, Becky. I would love to grow more flowering plants and fruit trees but I don't have the space to do so.

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  18. Ooh now you have cotton too! Can use them directly?

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    1. Yes, can be used directly after removing the seeds.

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