Day #136, Upland cotton blossoming begins

July 16, 2007

Day # 136 – July 16, a blossom is about to emerge from this badly focused Upland cotton husk




July 17, it rained on Opening Day









July 18, the petals are turning light pink







14:15, getting darker, and colder, petals seem to be closing




July 19, 10:15


July 20, 17:00 blossoming completed


July 24, camera strap just touched the blossom, and remains of blossom separated from the husk.


Some cotton square photographs

July 13, 2007

Several shots of cotton squares. Red-tinted husks go with Upland cotton plants, green-tinted husks clad Pima cotton squares.




Day #133, coccinellidae on the cotton

July 13, 2007


Coccinellids (ladybugs) are now starting to appear. This one landed on an Upland cotton leaf. Enjoy those aphids!


A mid-larva one was found on the underside of a Pima cotton leaf, but by the time the camera was located and setup, the shy guy was gone.



Day #122, along came some spiders

July 2, 2007

Each cotton plant now host spiders on the undersides of several leaves. Wherever they setup their webs, aphids disappear. Unfortunately, the spiders do not stray from their web-tents, and are constantly rebuilding homes to enjoy the next feast. These are photos of an Upland cotton leaf.


Some other character is also having lunch, as can be seen by the holes on the leaf. Whatever it might be, the Pima cotton plants are untouched by this grazer.

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

116, June 26


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.


Day #90, cotton and a warm trend

May 31, 2007

A recap of the recent warm weather


Day #, Temperature

86, planting day 60

87, 72

88, 85

89, 94

90, 82, cooling trend to continue for several days



Being house plants, they had not acclimated to warm weather, and by day #88 were displaying sunburned leaves.


The only cotton plant that did not survive was a Pima. There were essentially no roots to maintain necessary water uptake.


Morning and evening shots of the cotton plants. In evening photo, the above mentioned Pima has been replaced by an 8 oz. Pima.