Water

Cotton is a xerophyte — a plant that requires very little water to grow. It is basically a desert crop, with a deep root system that’s ideal for arid climates. A cotton plant needs water at critical times during its growth to produce a good yield, but most of the time, seasonal rainfall (sometimes assisted by irrigation) is all that cotton needs!

Water

It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere! Home owners are watering their grass, and golf courses are pampering their immaculate greens and fairways. Here's something for cotton's critics to consider, as they water their lawns and prepare to tee off on a Sunday morning... It takes more water to grow an acre of grass than it does to grow an acre of cotton.

Water

Cotton is a xerophyte — a plant that requires very little water to grow. It is basically a desert crop, with a deep root system that’s ideal for arid climates. A cotton plant needs water at critical times during its growth to produce a good yield, but most of the time, seasonal rainfall (sometimes assisted by irrigation) is all that cotton needs!



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