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Growing Celosia (Cockscomb)

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Celosia
These heat and humidity loving annual flowers will add color to your garden. An added plus is their interesting flower shapes. This is a guide about growing celosia (cockscomb).
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May 12, 2006
Botanical Name:
Celosia argentea
Life Cycle:
annual
Planting Time:
spring
Height:
dwarf 6" to 12"; full-sized from 2' to 3'
Exposure:
full sun
Soil:
rich in organic nutrients; moist, well-drained soil
Hardiness:
n/a
Bloom Time:
summer through fall
Flower:
yellow, red and orange plumes
Foliage:
green
Propagation:
seeds
Suggested Use:
borders, cut flowers, large plantings and dried flowers
Growing Hints:
Celosia thrives in heat and humidity. Sow seeds directly outdoors in warmer zones. In cooler zones start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost. Transplant seedlings 6 to 8 inches apart (tall varieties 12 to 15 inches apart) once you're sure the weather is going to stay warm. To dry celosia, harvest them when they are fully open, removed leaves and hang them upside down to dry.
Interesting Facts:
Cockscomb gets its name from its "rooster-like" plumes. The tall varieties make extremely striking dried arrangements.
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October 9, 2008

I used to grow very tall celosia, but in recent years I could not find any seed. Someone online was gracious enough to send me some seed. We are supposed to get frost tonight so I wanted everyone to see how beautiful these tall celosia are! They do like rich soil but are easy to grow.
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September 17, 20120 found this helpful

I just bought 8 inch Celosia Intenz plant. I live on the east coast and my zone is too cold for it to survive the winter. Can I keep it indoors like a houseplant?

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August 14, 2014

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These very tall Celosia plants were grown from pass-along seeds from our mechanic's wife. I have never seen these in the nurseries. The bees are oblivious to me and my camera as they happily swarm and devour the nectar. They are endlessly entertaining!

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Buford, Georgia

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