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The attractive Celosia plant from the Amaranth family goes by the common names of woolflowers, cockscomb flower and “Flamingo Feather.”
The unusual looking can bloom for up to ten weeks, with Celosia flower heads of red, purple, gold, pink or sometimes bi-colored flower colors.
The name ‘Celosia’, actually means ‘burning’ in Greek, and when blooming in large numbers the plumosa type blooms together, resemble an ornamental grass of fire.
With a number of different Celosia plant types and cultivars, not all look the way you would expect. Different sizes (from 6 inches to 2 feet in size), along with a variety of vibrant colors and shapes. One form with velvety, ruffled looks like a brain.
What makes Celosia such a unique flower? The makeup of each blossom consists of numerous tiny flowers.
Each of these flowers will produce small seeds, and sow seed continually sprouting in the containers, with no need for you to do anything.
You can, however, pick the flowers, dry them and bring them indoors if you wish.
Considered easy to grow, cocks comb flower will propagate themselves if left unattended, and they grow quite well with minimal attention. For best results, plant Celosia in or partial shade (8 hours per day).
Is Celosia perennial or annual?
in zones 10 and 11, and as full sun annuals in the USDA Zones. Celosia does not tolerate the cold well at all.
To enjoy the bright color of Celosia flowers they need moist well-drained soil, they love organic amendments that improve drainage, as celosia does not like wet conditions.
A rich soil will support fast growth. Before planting add in. organic matter or compost.
To grow well and thrive, fertilize once a month using a or a.
They bloom until frost, when they can be cut and dried. Strip stems of all leaves and hang head downward in a warm, dark place. This takes about two weeks. Flowerheads should not be allowed to touch.
To encourage the rooster combs flowers to propagate, collect the seeds and start them indoors. Transplant small plants outside when the frost danger is past.
The Gardening Channel shares this info on starting Celosia from seed.
Spread the seeds in a tray filled with high-quality potting mix. Cover the seeds with ¼ inch potting soil. Celosia doesn’t need light to germinate and can actually be hindered by it. Mist the soil with water and cover the tray with plastic wrap. Mist the soil every day as needed to keep it moist. Celosia seeds will not germinate if they dry out, so this point is important. Store the seeds in a location with daytime temperatures between 80° and 85° degrees, and nighttime temperatures between 65° to 70° degrees.
When they’re about ready to transplant, plant seedlings around eight inches apart. Wait until the weather is nice and warm. If you plant too early and they get frosted they probably won’t thrive.
Seeds planted in June will flower in August. They grow slowly the first five weeks. Celosia needs moisture at all times. One severe drying out will kill many of the small roots. Weeds also are detrimental because of the root system.
When planting in rows, scatter the seed thinly. Press down firmly with a board, but do not otherwise cover them. Seed will not sprout until the soil is warm. When the plants are six inches high, transplant so that they will stand 8-10″ inches apart.
The usual pest suspects of , aphids (plant lice), and other pests attack Celosia flowers.
Celosia will drop their seeds and the pests can quickly take over containers.
Disclaimer: The image is for reference purposes only. The actual product may vary in shape or appearance based on climate, age, height, etc.