In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Celosia plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
The Celosia flower is a half hardy annual that reaches from one to four feet (30 cm to 1.2 m) in height.
Celosia plants are also known as Cockscomb and flower from summer and on into the early autumn.
They have flowers of yellow or pink. It is best to grow cockscomb plants in large groups.
Celosia argentea | Keitou by Kunta Tokyo.
Celosia cristata by Muffet.
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.
To ensure good growth of cockscomb the soil should be kept moist and a light feed given throughout the period of growth.
The Celosia genus comprises about 60 species, known for their vibrant and uniquely shaped flowers.
Yes, Celosia species are wonderful for adding color and texture to borders, containers, and bedding schemes.
Species like Celosia argentea (Cockscomb) are popular for their vibrant, feather-like or brain-like flowers.
Celosia plants are not typically known for their fragrance but are prized for their showy, brightly colored flowers.
Celosia loves heat and full sun with well-drained soil. They are excellent plants for hot, sunny spots in the garden.
At present, Celosia is not considered invasive in the USA. However, some species can self-seed prolifically under the right conditions.
To remove Celosia, pull up the plants and make sure to remove any seeds, which can spread the plant.
The Celosia genus, part of the Amaranthaceae family, is native to tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and South America. These annual plants are known for their vibrant, flame-like flowers in various colors that bloom from summer to frost, and their brightly colored foliage.
To grow Celosia, plant them in a sunny location with well-drained soil. They can be grown from seeds sown in spring. Regular watering is necessary. They are often used in borders, containers, or as bedding plants for their continuous summer color and unique flower shapes.