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Apricot Lemonade Cosmos – Growing Peachy Yellow Blooms

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It was love at first sight when I first saw the sweet, delicate hues of Apricot Lemonade Cosmos. One night when I was hunting online for new seeds to grow, I couldn’t help myself and bought a packet of these precious seeds.

Apricot Lemonade Cosmo seeds look the same as regular cosmos seeds, but the colors of the blossoms are some of the most breathtaking I’ve seen.

Pretty and dainty, this type of cosmos flower features bright yellow centers with rosy pink halos and peachy yellow petals, not to mention a hint of white here and there.

Apricot Lemonade Cosmos Flowers - Pinky Peachy Lemony Blooms
Apricot Lemonade Cosmos Flowers we grew in 2021 – Pinky Peachy Lemony Blooms

Not all apricot cosmos are alike. Some may be more lemonade-y and others may be more apricot-y. Or, you might just find the rosy pink blends further.

Either way, they’re gorgeous.

You know you want to grow them with me!

You do, right? Okay, great – I’ll share my first experience growing them here and I’ll be sure to update with future years of growth.

What are apricot lemonade cosmos?

Apricot lemonade cosmos are single flowers with soft and lemony colors that may range to pale peachy apricot. A burst of pink near the center catches the eye and truly accentuates these pretty blossoms. Apricot lemonade flowers can be up to 3-4 inches around and may grow to heights of 18-24 inches.

Apricot Lemonade Cosmo flowers with hot pink 4'oclock flowers
Apricot Lemonade Cosmo flowers with hot pink 4’oclock flowers

How long do apricot lemonade cosmos bloom?

These pretty flowers will bloom well into the fall and possibly up until the big frost or freeze if deadheaded along the way. Cut flowers on demand and remove spent blooms to prolong the bloom season.

Pretty Flower Pictures

Our plants didn’t do as well the first year growing this type of flower. I still managed to snap a few good photos and look forward to growing them all over again this year and in future years.

Here are a couple of pictures of our homegrown apricot lemonade cosmos.  

Cluster of Apricot Lemonade Cosmos in our 2021 flower bed
Cluster of yellow apricot Cosmos in our 2021 flower bed
Lemony Yellow Cosmos - Apricot Lemonade
Lemony Yellow Cosmos – Not quite as advertised, missing the pink halo in center, but still pretty.

My Experience Growing Apricot Lemonade Cosmos

Growing apricot lemonade cosmos for the first time in 2021 didn’t work out quite as well as I’d imagined, unfortunately. Hopefully my experience is not your experience.

Accustomed to the ease of growing cosmos, I was expecting a similar effortlessness. It wasn’t. They grew, but then had problems.

I’m hoping it was just a fluke and I’m all sorts of prepared to try again this year.

The few apricot lemonade cosmos that did bloom were beautiful, but not quite the same as those pictured. I’ve since discovered they can be different from one plant to the next.

What Went Wrong?

Here’s what I noticed was wrong:

  • Wilting – Foliage on the plants started wilting
  • Stems – The cosmos stems began turning brown.
  • Leaves – Plant foliage also turned brown.
  • Flowers – Some of the flowers seemed a bit deformed. They also weren’t quite the same colors as the photos on the seed store’s website.
What's Wrong with My Cosmo Flower? Wilting and brown stems and foliage on Apricot Lemonade Cosmo
What’s Wrong with My Cosmo Flower? Wilting and brown stems and foliage on Apricot Lemonade Cosmo

I researched quite a bit on multiple occasion and couldn’t find a clear diagnosis. I’m wondering if it’s a kind of fungus or bacterial disease. I’ve seen fusarium wilt, bacterial wilt, and others, but I still don’t know what’s wrong with my cosmos.

If you see this post and happen to know what the problem is, please leave me a comment. Thank you! I’m waiting to hear back from the seed store in case they know.

Planting Apricot Lemonade Cosmos Again

We’ll be planting a new batch of these cosmos soon. I love the uniqueness of this flower and hope it grows well for us this year.

I’ll be sure to track our progress and add new photos from our 2022 apricot lemonade cosmos.

By the way, in case you were wondering, I bought my apricot lemonade seeds from Swallowtail Garden Seeds.  

Have you also tried growing these types of cosmos? If so, did your coloring look like ours? Did you have any problems with the stems and leaves turning brown or wilting?

Looking forward to hearing from you, dear gardeners. Wishing you all the best in your gardening season ahead!

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2 Comments

  1. Cosmos can suffer with what’s known as fusarium wilt, which is a fungal disease. Fusarium wilt causes discoloration of the stems and foliage, as well as stunted growth. If your cosmos has fusarium wilt, lift out the plant from the roots and dispose of it.

    1. Hi Lisa, thanks so much for the information about fusarium wilt – I had wondered if that might be the issue. I eventually did remove the plant at the end of the season. Next time I will remove it when I first notice it. Hopefully we have better luck this year with a new batch of seeds. Hope you have a great growing season!

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