, also known as American Cotton
, is native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including the Americas, India and Africa.
is a tender biennial that is used in so many of the things we rely on today in our everyday living. The fiber most often is spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile, such as: terrycloth bath towels and robes; denim for blue jeans; chambray, corduroy, and cotton
Socks, underwear, and most T-shirts are made from cotton
. Bed sheets often are made from cotton
also is used to make yarn used in crochet and knitting. Fabric can even be made from recycled cotton
that otherwise would be thrown away. While many fabrics are made of cotton
alone, some materials blend cotton
with other fibers, including rayon and synthetic fibers such as polyester.
plant contains glossypol, which is anti-parasitic and antiviral.
is easy to grow and can be kept in a container and grown just for fun! Growing cotton requires warm temperatures. To germinate seeds, you need the temperature to be at least 60 degrees F. For the plants to grow, you'll need a temperature range of between 70 degrees F and 80 degrees F. And when the cotton blooms, the temperature should be 80 degrees F to 90 degrees F.
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