Celosia plumosa. Knock out visual impact for this Celosia bearing all summer long its deep “red flames” flowers on dark green to bronze foliage. The leaves turn from dark green to bronze as the season progresses. Bred in Hungary, China Town is a Fleuroselect Award Winner. Height to 35cm (14″) so it’s ideal for containers and patio gardens. Start China Town Celosia seeds indoors in peat pots 6-8 weeks before last frost, or simply direct sow after last frost. Grow in full sun to light shade, and keep soil moist, especially during hot weather. The 7-15cm (3-6″) tall inflorescences make excellent, long lasting cut flowers.
How to Grow Celosia
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.
Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
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.
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.
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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