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Celosia cristata Seeds...Seed from Burgundy Cockscomb

Type: Annual
Common Names: Cockscomb
Height: 30" to 48"
Spread: space plants 3" to 6" apart
Flower color: Burgundy
Bloom time: Summer
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Average to Rich
Maintenance: For best results, fertilize 3-4 times during the growing season.
Other info: An excellent fresh cut flower and holds its color very well when dried. This is a variety that was given to me by an elderly gentleman. The combs have larger florets than the other celosia cristata varieties I have. I messed up and planted the seeds with my celosia spicata and they cross pollinated. I'm trying to get back to the original by selecting plants and planting away from all other celosia. However, some of the stalks end up having both a comb and side shoots that are like celosia spicata. It is still very nice though and the color is different from all the other colors I have.

CELOSIA cristata
** burgundy cockscomb **

Germination: Easy germination. Can be started indoors 2-4 weeks prior to last spring frost. Sow seed in container on good seed starting mix. Cover seeds lightly. Moisten mix and keep mix moist until germination begins. Place container in a location at 70°F. Germination should begin in 6-10 days. From my experience, I had difficulty with transplanting seedlings. The plants just didn't do as well (major problem was stunted growth of plant height and size of flower head) as direct sown plants. However, I've spoken with several others who have had great success with indoor sowing and transplanting when the seedlings were young. So maybe the difficulties I encountered had more to do with weather conditions than that of transplanting. If you choose to container sow and transplant, I suggest transplanting the seedlings as young as possible. Otherwise, does very well direct sown to garden location after last spring frost, sowing in very shallow rows and covering only lightly with soil.

Informational/Photo Links:
1) Cockscomb at Dave's Garden
2) Celosia cristata at Wikipedia
3) Celosia cristata at The GardenWeb

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