Posted: 21/01/2014 at 11:29
No, cotton is a tropical shrub, the 'boll' of cotton that gets woven into cloth is the seed head, somewhat the same as clematis and dandelions. If left alone, it will break up and spread the seeds all over the place. Picking out the seeds is one of the most difficult jobs in cotton production.
Actually, cotton is a dreadful crop, it takes huge amounts of water and, in America, uses 75% of the pesticides used in that country. When grown elsewhere the treatment of the workers is appalling. It ruins the soil in which its is grown repeatedly - not really a good crop at all. I ask that maybe when you buy cotton clothing, you consider trying to buy fairly traded cotton? The T-shirts and so on are well made, and don't ruin either the soils they are grown in nor the people who grow it.
I know this is not a gardening remark, and possibly the powers that be will remove it but I had to try.
Anyway, cotton still isn't an orchid, but a shrub!