Young Cotton Plants

This is the second year in a row I have attempted to grow my own upland cotton. Last year it failed due to the cold spring weather of the Pacific Northwest, but this year in North Carolina I have had much better luck. I started the cotton indoors back in April and transplanted them in May. Now that the weather is hot and dry the plants are flourishing.
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The stems and young leaves of these cotton plants are deep red. The leaves become green as they mature. I have them growing with basil, tomatoes, and Amish cockscombs.

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The cotton flowers change from white to red during the two or three days that they stay on the plant.

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Large cotton bolls take the place of the flowers a few days after the flower falls from the plant.

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