Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:51 am

Does anyone have a source for some cotton seed? I got some 3rd hand several years ago. Some of my friends planted them, and enjoyed seeing them grow, as it's not common to grow cotton in southern Indiana. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated! Darin

Re: Cotton

Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:09 am

30 40 yeas ago we picked a couple of cotton bolls along a highway while on vacation. the next summer we planted the seeds and the kids had a nice show and tell for school in NY City.
Could be it is illegal to grow cotton with out a Government allotment.

Re: Cotton

Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:46 pm

Found this with a quick search.


Re: Cotton

Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:16 pm

If you only want a small amount, I have some in my refrigerator in the basement. My wife is a former cotton picker from central Arkansas and I put some out as a joke a couple years ago, and was warned what would happen if I ever did it again. It needs plenty of room between stalks, I put ours too close together. Also needs lots of warm weather. When fully grown, it is really a challenge for a cub to cut it down, the stalks are pretty tough.

Re: Cotton

Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:58 pm

My sister got us a couple packs of seed off a 10 for a buck counter at one of the stores in town! I used to grow it every year except last year was to cold/wet/ short season and I only got 2 pods off of them!
plants got 4 feet tall and when fully mature are harder than trees!--I knocked my plants over then took them to the brush pile to burn with the trees that I am still clearing out!

(side note): [call it ornamental fuzz ball plant!,---if anyone inquires!) lol! thanks; sonny has some and -----along with the one posted above.

Re: Cotton

Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:18 pm

Sonny, 4 feet tall? mine were over 6 feet.

Re: Cotton

Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:22 pm

W@e must have been lucky. The stuff we grew didn't get much over 3 feet

Re: Cotton

Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:53 am


My Mother called the poor cotton that didn't get to tall "bumblebee cotton". She said it was so poor that a bumble bee could sit on his butt in the middles and suck juice out of the blossoms. My wife worked in the cotton fields till she was about 14. It was then that her Dad quit the farm. She doesn't miss the hoe handle at all.


Re: Cotton

Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:19 pm

Different kinds grows to different heights.---mine was the ornamental kind, not supposed to get over 3 feet. thanks; sonny

Re: Cotton

Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:25 pm

i might could get you some seed cotton is EVERYWHERE down here and some is still standing( i think it was abandoned in the field)- dave

Re: Cotton

Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:44 pm

That would be neet to get some seed from the real stuff! thanks; sonny

Re: Cotton

Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:09 am

That's what I had last time, and it went over really well. We tried to plant the seed from that crop, with little success. I'm wondering if it's a hybrid. It was a little spindly here on my sand hills, but the stuff in the clay bottoms was beautiful. Like John said, tough to cut!

Re: Cotton

Wed Feb 17, 2010 3:18 pm

The field varieties could be hybrid.---Never gave that a thought! thanks; sonny

Re: Cotton

Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:37 am

i almost guarantee the feild varieties are hybrid. i will be stopping next week to pluck some or going to the gin(owned by my folks neighbors) to get some. btw if anyone lives close to a gin that old cotton compost makes some dang good fertlizer-dave

Re: Cotton

Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:04 pm

Dave, I think that planting offspring of a hybrid is the problem we've already been having in trying seed from our original crop. I think that I need to find hybrid seed instead of taking cotton seed from hybrid boles. Thanks, Darin.