Growing Celosia Flower In The Garden: A Guide To Care And How To Grow Cockscomb Flower In Your Garden
Celosia (Celsus) is a genus of flowering plants native to Europe and Asia. They are widely distributed throughout the world with some species having been introduced into North America. There are over 400 species of celosias, which vary greatly in size, shape, coloration and other characteristics. Some species grow only in certain parts of their range while others have spread widely and become invasive.
The most common species found in cultivation today are those called ‘cockscomb’ flowers because they produce small white or pinkish fruits. These flowers are not poisonous but they may cause irritation if touched too much. They usually bloom from late spring through early summer and then die back to the ground before winter sets in.
These flowers are very popular in gardens because they are easy to grow and produce large amounts of fruit. They require little attention once established so they make excellent houseplants. The fruits of these flowers contain seeds, which can germinate readily when exposed to sunlight. If grown from seed, however, it is best to plant them indoors where the temperature will remain constant year round.
Celosia plants prefer full sun and thrive well in warm climates such as Florida and California. They can also be grown in containers and moved indoors during the winter.
As an annual, these plants only survive for one year but they can produce several crops of seeds during this time. Being tropical plants, they grow best when the soil is kept warm, about 70 degrees F. (21 degrees C), but not soggy or waterlogged. They will not tolerate frost or extended periods of drought.
The first sign of frost will cause their leaves and stems to turn brown and wither away. They are classified as tender perennials in areas with cold winters.
The most common species grown for their seeds are C. cristata and C. argyraea but C. afra, C.
ochroleuca and C. plumosa are also commonly grown. Other species may also be available at nurseries but these are harder to find because they are less popular in cultivation.
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