The Cotton Plant was once known as the “Daughter of the Sun”. Does anybody know the reason behind? Let us see why and also what is its speciality, which all countries fall in the Top Cotton Producing Countries etc.
The Cotton Plant would grow and flourish only under the powerful rays of the Sun. The hotter Sun, the whiter and stronger would be the Cotton Fibres produced. This is the reason for calling Cotton Plant as the “Daughter of the Sun”. Sunlight, Heat and Rain are the ideal conditions for growing Cotton Plant. It is grown in hot and Tropical places all over the world. India is world’s leading Cotton Producer, which surpassed China recently. United States, Brazil, Peru, Egypt, Pakistan are other leading Cotton Producers. It is grown in other Tropical and Sub-Tropical places all over the world.
The plant grows up to 2 meters and produces Seed Pods or Bolls which contain up to 30 seeds each covered with downy hairs. As the Bolls ripen, they grow and burst open to reveal a mass of Cotton Fibres. Cotton is the most common material in clothing. The Cotton Fibres are the only ones that do not have to be softened by soaking or by any other expensive treatment. There are about 20 species of Cotton Plants, of which only four or five are being cultivated. Cotton Seeds can be squeezed for an Oil used in Margarine, Salad Oil and Mallorie and also used for Cosmetics, Paints and Soaps manufacturing.