Celosia (Celosia spicata)
Celosia is a lovely annual flower that makes a stunning addition to bouquets and brings a playful touch to your garden. This heat-loving plant features delicate, airy plumes that are easy to dry and retain their beauty even in their dried state.
Plant type: annual
Site: full sun
Days to maturity: 90-100 days
Plant spacing: 12-18”
Pinch: when 6-8” tall
Indoor & Pots: grows well in large containers outside
How to grow
Transplant (recommended) : Sow 6-8 weeks before your last frost. Cover seeds lightly with vermiculite. Light is required for germination. Harden off and transplant out after last frost.
Direct seed: Only in locations with a long growing season. Sow after last frost. Pinching is recommended to encourage branching. Low temperatures and less than 12 hours of light can cause premature flowering.
Germination: 8-14 days at 70-80°F (21-27°C)
Where to plant
Plant in full sun and well-drained, moist, fertile soil high in organic matter.
Harvest when the flowers are fully developed, and the stems are firm at the base of the bloom.
For drying: remove all the foliage and hang in a dark, well-ventilated location to for 2-3 weeks dry.