Celosia has two types of flowers, the cockscomb and the plume types. The plants prefer a fertile, moist soil with lots of organic matter. They do best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. The flowers can be dried with red flowers giving best results. Any check in growth of young plants will bring them into bloom prematurely. This spoils later blooming. Causes of premature blooming are, exposure to cold temperatures when planted too early, or remaining in packs or flats too long in the spring. Celosia grows one to one and a half feet tall and is spaced 10 to 12 inches apart.
The heads may be larger if the seed is planted directly into the garden. If started indoors they germinate in 10 to 15 days at 70 to 75 degrees. Plant indoors six weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Seedlings should be grown warm and on the dry side.
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