Coral Garden Celosia
A medium-sized, 6 to 8-inch plant with large combs of brilliant colors ranging from light yellow to vibrant fuchsia. The size of the combs varied from 4 inches to almost 8 inches across. These can be used for fresh arrangements or dried. It's like adding a velvet ribbon when used dry on an evergreen wreath.
Celosia argentea cristata
Germination: 15-21 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface and press into soil, seeds need light to germinate
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperature for germination. Transplant 6-12” apart after the last frost.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sowing outdoors after the last frost, only in areas with a long growing season. Sow a few seeds every 4-6”, thin to 10-12” apart
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Height and Width: 8-10” x 6-10”
Spacing: 6-12” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Fertile, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 90-100 days
Uses: Cut flowers- fresh or dried, flower beds, cottage gardens, containers and planters, attracts pollinators
Care: Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Apply a liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks or use a time-release fertilizer at planting time for strong long-lasting growth. Drying flowers- Remove foliage and hang fresh-cut flowers upside down in a dark room with good airflow.