Cotton Growth Stages

5 Jul

Part of my job is working with upland cotton ( Gossypium Hirsutum ), so for all you city-slickers out there I’ll give you a short primer on cotton development.

This first image is a fruiting bud of the cotton plant called a square. This first bud should occur about 35 days after planting.

This is a square ready to bloom, this occurs about 21 days after it first appears on the plant.

The cotton bloom is a large white to slightly yellowish flower on the day it opens. It will be available for pollination for only one day.

After the first day the bloom closes up and turns a pink then purplish color.

At this time it forms a small fruit, called a boll.

This is the fully grown fruit, or boll.

Approximately 50 days after white bloom you should see an open boll similar to this. This is what is processed into your favorite jeans and t-shirts

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2 Responses to “Cotton Growth Stages”

  1. carynverell July 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    i drove to memphis/millington yesterday to visit mama and looked like the cotton fields i passed were doing pretty good considering the weather.. and around where i live here in northeast mississippi the sweet potato crops are looking real good too. we finally got a good rain this morning and may have some more rain in the next few days..of course, now it aint just hot-it is steaming.

    • doublebhomestead July 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      Yeah, we can’t hold out much longer, we need that rain NOW!

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