Fruitville Reading Garden is growing cotton

cottonCotton can grow quite large, although this plant is about 4 feet tall because we trimmed it down.

Cotton flower buds are pink, turning to yellow as they open.  Soon a walnut-sized green seed forms. Shortly after that the seed pops and out come puffs of snowy white cotton.

Inside each cotton puff are several very hard seeds. In nature, seeds fall to ground. Weather conditions and insects break the hard shell.   Look around our plant, and you may see little cotton ‘sprouts’.

For full information about cotton, go to the University of Florida website,