Cockscomb & Celosia

(Celosia cristata) Celosia is an annual member of the amaranth family. Plants are heat and drought tolerant and considered quite easy to grow, able to tolerate a wide range of soil types. The bright, flaming blooms are prized as a cut flower as well as landscape plants. The exact range of the original wild celosia family is unknown, but believed to be Africa. Seeds germinate in 14-21 days. Surface sow seeds and cover with a thin layer of soil. Direct sow in place after last frost or start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Ideal germination temperature is 65-70 F. Space plants 6-12 inches apart. The plants prefer full sun and are low maintenence in terms of watering and fertility.

 

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