Common Names: Cockscomb, Yellow Toreador, Woolflower, Mfungu. Life Cycle: Half hardy annual. Height: 12 to 48 inches (30 to 120 cm). Native: Africa.
Growing Region: Zones 2 to 10. Flowers: Summer and early autumn. Flower Details: Pink, yellow, red, orange. Amaranth-like. Foliage: Green, Maroon. Veined.
Sow Outdoors: Cover seeds. Following last frost. Spacing 12 to 20 inches (30 to 50 cm). Sow Indoors: Use Peat pots. Germination time: five days to two weeks. Temperature 70 to 75°F (21 to 24°C). Six to eight weeks before expected last frost. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.
Requirements: Full sunlight or light shade. Soil pH 6 to 7. Moist soil. Ordinary soil. Regular watering to maintain a moist soil. Light feed during whilst growing.
Family: Amaranthaceae. Miscellaneous: Used as a food plant in India, West Africa, South America and parts of Southeast Asia. This genus has many medicinal uses including the treatment of tapeworm and mouth sores.
How to Grow Celosia
If planning to grow Cockscomb outdoors from seed then it is best to sow them in a partially shaded or sunny area of the garden before the last frost of spring.
Once sown then celosia seeds should be covered.
They prefer soils that are moist with a pH of 6 to 7. If you plan to grow Celosia seedlings indoors first then they should be prepared about 7 or 8 weeks before planting then out after the last frost of spring.
They take around one to two weeks to germinate at a temperature of about 22 to 24°C.
The plants should be spaced from 30 to 45 cm apart depending upon the size of celosia species.
Caring for Celosia species such as Cockscomb
To ensure good growth of cockscomb the soil should be kept moist and a light feed given throughout the period of growth.