Celosia Plant Care. Also called (cockscomb) they are considered a tender annual. Freezing temperatures will kill them. Great long lasting beautiful feather-like flower for your garden. Most come in deep reds, dark orange, bright pinks, and lavender colors. They do no like below freezing temperatures so plant them after the last frost in your area.
Depending on the variety they will grow to about 4 to 8 inches in height and will spread about 5 inches. Make sure to keep your soil moist during the hottest part of the season, but not always wet. They are susceptible to spider mites and aphids so keep your eye own on those insects.
Most will grow from 6 inches to about 2 ft. depending on the type of Celosia you purchase. Other names they go by are fire plant and the flamingo plant.
Where to plant them?
An easy to grow plant try planting them in decorative pots will work as they will fill out and will give colorful flowers throughout spring and most of the early summer. Plant them in masses for a great formal effect (see image below). To extend the blooming season be sure to deadhead expired blooms. Plant them in full sun or partial shade as they will do well in both places. Butterflies love Celosia plants so place them in rows for an awesome display of color during the spring seasons. See photo below.
Fertilize your Celosia plants about once per month. A well balanced 20-20-20 mixture will work best and never let them dry out.
Use a layer of mulch on top of you Celosia plants to help with water retention during the hot summer seasons.
Celosia plants are considered perennials in USDA zones 11-12. However, they are classified as annuals in zone 0-10.
Celosia Plant Care
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