Archive for June, 2007

Day #120, cotton squares appear

June 30, 2007

The cotton plants have a top-heavy appearance. They are still recovering from their solar overexposure. Lower branches are starting to fill in and take on characteristics of their younger, more developed siblings.



There has been some unidentified growth on one of the two Pimas, and three of four Upland cotton plants for several days. These are future cotton blossoms, or be be referred by their name in the cotton trade as squares. They are actually tetrahedral in shape with soft burrs on the vertical sloping edges. The larger squares are about 0.75-inch across the base’s flat surface, and approximately 1” hight. The squares are developing above the fifth and sixth branches.

In this photo a Pima cotton square can be seen just left of center. A The square’s subtending leaf’s stem is casting a shadow across the square’s lower right corner. The square can be further identified by several parallel grooves growing in the axis of the square.


Most of the squares are just out of camera’s ability to capture at this time. More photos will be posted in several days of the future blossoms.

Day #116, Aphind on cotton leaves

June 26, 2007

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Why regular inspection of cotton plants is important.

From the top, this Upland cotton leaf looks healthy


but the underside is hosting aphids.

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These photos are typical of what is happening.  In this temperate climate, aphids are common. One easy to take measure is to water the soil, and not the foliage, a step not heretofore taken. The problem is not yet catastrophic, and with a bit or research will be controlled.


Day #111, Second warm weather trend

June 21, 2007

It has been in the low to mid 80s for the past several days. The new generation of cotton leaves are having no troubles keeping up with the warmer weather. Leaves sunburned from several weeks ago have not yet been removed. Leaves on this Upland cotton plant are typical of both Pimas and Uplands.


View of the cotton plants looking South. Please note, Pimas and Upland cotton photos have been reversed from their usual alphabetical order. The plants in the red containers are early girl tomatoes.






Day #109, more cotton plant photos

June 19, 2007

The extremes of new growth can bee seen from this Pima starting over, to a more filled in Upland



View of the cotton plants. In the shade there are two new beefsteak tomato plants.


Day #95, cotton plants’ recuperation

June 4, 2007

Hopefully, there will be no more of this


The cotton plants are recovering from a warm wave. Much hotter days over longer periods are in store for them. Smaller leaves under the initial, sun-destroyed canopy are developing rapidly, and have a more robust appearance.


A closer look at the cotton plants. Bottom and middle plants are Upland Cotton, top green pot contains a is Pima cotton. The white pot bears a beefsteak tomato plant.


The cotton is to be rained on for the first time by this incoming night storm.