Flowers of Celosia also called wool flowers or cockscombs that can bloom up to ten weeks. It is one of the most eye-catching annual plants with outrageously showy flowers within blazing colors. Celosia is a low-maintenance plant, can grow easily anywhere in your ceramic plant pots’ garden. This short-term houseplant is much favored for use in containers. From summer to fall it can sparkles in rainbow hues all season in your full sun garden. This flower looks like a rooster’s comb, or an alien’s brain, or feathery plumes.
There are different varieties of Celosia is available. The flowers can have purple, pink, red, orange, yellow, gold or bicolored blooms. Among the rust, the red-colored flower is the most common. When many cockscombs flowers blossoms are next to each other, they together look like fire, which is why the genus name Celosia – it means burning in Greek. There are many colors, sizes and shapes cockscombs from six inches to two feet. Few popular Cocksbombs names are - Celosia Cristata, Celosia Argentea, Celosia Plumosa, Celosia Caracas, etc.
No matter which Cockscomb you pick to grow. The flowers colors of Cockscomb are not for the faint of heart. Their bright hues nearly spark, brighten up the interior or exterior garden even on the rainiest summer days. Most commonly seen are stunning red, pink, cream, deep magenta, orange, rose, and yellow. Less commonly seen are bicolor. Moreover to their eye-catching glory in the ceramic plant pots garden, larger varieties are brilliant as cut flowers - both dried and fresh.
Cockscomb can range in size from dwarf varieties - only grow 4 to 6 inches high to dynamic varieties over 3 feet tall. It is an excellent addition to ay floral arrangement. Cockscombs are perfume less has a great vase life. It’s super as filler flowers and can make super dried flowers as it can hold its color and shape as it dried.
If you wish to acquire how to grow Celosia all by yourself, here I have written up a few easy instructions to enlighten you. Although it is a tropical flower, it grows well in sunlight. For container gardening, select a full sun location that receives abundant sunlight. Set your ceramic plant pots in a western facing balcony that gets sufficient sunlight. This way you can anticipate good flowers yearly.
Growing Celosias are easy to grow from seeds. You can collect young plants from the garden center, nurseries, and stores in spring. All type of soil is suitable for growing this flowers. Fertilizer is not essential for this plants. Cockscomb prefers moist soil. For better result use sandy loamy soil and avoid too much watering to avoid root and stem rot.
Sowing season: The plant likes warm weather. The seed will also not germinate if the temperature of the soil is less than 60°F. If your area is cold, start the seeds indoors 4-6 weeks prior to the expected last frost. If your area has longer summer, plant it directly in the soil after the last expected frost.
Sowing method: These plants thrive in most of the soil types, but make sure that it has proper drainage ability and rich with organic matter. Maintain the pH level 6-7.
Care: This plant requires very little maintenance for blooming properly. Make sure that the plant gets enough sunlight.
Pests: Spider mites and aphids are common enemies of Celosia flowers. In order to avoid infection, water-limited and ensure proper drainage. If necessary, spray organic fungicides and pesticides.
Propagation: The plant quickly takes over a container by spreading seeds. For propagating the flower, collect the seeds and start those indoors. Thin the Celosia sprouts – about 8-inches apart from each flower.
Although, it can tolerate short periods of drought it grows well in slightly moist soil. Never overwater the plants – it can make leaf spot, root rot, stem rot as well as other fungal diseases.
Celosia is resistant to diseases and insects on a small level. Aphids love to eat the stem and leaves. That’s why at the first sign of problems, treat your plant with proper insecticides, repellents or fungicides.
With a ruffled and velvety look, Celosia is a popular choice for designing a nice floral arrangement. This plant is easy-growing and can thrive well in both indoors and outdoors. Don’t be shy; start your floral journey with Celosia and everything will start to fall in proper sequence. Happy planting!