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Growing Celosia (Cockscomb)

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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By Lynda (Guest Post)
September 5, 20060 found this helpful

This plant/flower and all it's varities are magnificent, YET, I almost could NOT get rid of them because of their reseeding themselves. I had so many dried
flowers and seeds that I could have planted a football field the first year they bloomed! Just wanted to give readers a heads up about this fact.
I don't know how to prevent this from happening except to suggest cutting the flowers before they go to seed, and keep trimming the flowers off. I just adore the beauty of their colors, but HATE all of the seeds! They can be more of a nuisance than mint.

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