(Celosia argentea var. plumosa) Grown for their unique, textural blooms, celosias are vigorous and free flowering. Easy to grow plants are covered in upright soft, feathery plumes. Brilliant colours in a range of reds, pinks, orange, salmon, yellow and cream.
Start seed indoors in trays 4-6 weeks before last frost; transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Do not cover as light is required for germination. Direct seed only in locations with a long growing season. Thin to 6-12″ apart. Pinching is not necessary, but is recommended to increase branching (the number of stems and flower produced) and uniform flower size. Blooms from mid-summer to late-fall.
They thrive in hot and dry conditions. Flower heads get bigger over time, so pick when they are the size that you want, but before they go to seed. Strip 80 percent of the foliage off during harvest. Celosias are a long lasting cut flower often lasting over 2 weeks. Flowers can also be dried for later use. Hang freshly cut stems upside down in a warm dark place for 2-3 weeks or until they are firm to the touch.
Borders, beds, and containers. Great for crafts!
Zone 2-10. Annual 90-95 days.
Ht. 33-48″, Open Pollinated annual
Approx. 100 Seeds