How to Grow Celosia

General
Celosia is a relative of Amaranth, and native to the highlands of East Africa where it is known in Swahili as mfungu. Today’s cultivated Celosias have been selected for the brightness of their colours and compactness of growth. You will sometimes see Celosia listed by the common names Cockscomb or Woolflower. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Celosia Guide and grow some fun colour in your rock garden this season.

Latin
Celosia plumosa

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Zone: 2-10

Timing
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, in peat or coir pots – Celosia does not like its roots disturbed by transplanting. Transplant at least two weeks after last frost, longer if nighttime temperatures are still cold.

Or direct sow outdoors after last frost. Seeds will germinate in 6-14 days.

Starting
Just cover the small seeds. If starting indoors, try to maintain a soil temperature of 21°-25°C (70°-75°F). Be sure to use peat pots, coir pots, or Cowpots, and transplant the whole pot into the soil at transplant time.

Growing
Plant in full sun or partial shade in ordinary, moist soil with a pH range of 6.0 to7.0. Celosia prefers warm temperatures.

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