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Growing Celosia

Growing Celosia

Toreador Celosia



Celosia is a heat and drought-tolerant flowering annual for full sun. Plants have dense, colorful flower heads and are attractive in beds or containers. There are both crested (aka cockscomb) and plumed varieties available. Crested types have folded, somewhat brain-like, flower heads, while plumed types produce loose, feathery flower heads. All types make excellent for cut and dry flowers.

How to Grow

Direct sow outside after all danger of frost is past, or start indoors 4 to 6 weeks earlier. Plant the seed 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep inch of soil and germinate at 70 to 75 degrees. Expect germination in 10 to 21 days.


Celosia grows best in well-drained soil. Plants may require staking in windy sites. Over-fertilization can promote weak or floppy stems. Plants can be somewhat difficult to transplant. Deadead plants to encourage reblooming.

Fertilizer Recommendations

A moderate feeder, plants benefit from occasional fertilization. Use low rates of ALGOplus Flowering Plant 4-6-7 liquid fertilizer or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Celosia is generally easy-to-grow and not seriously troubled by pest and disease problems. Spider mites are an occasional pest. Stem rot can occur if grown in overly wet or poorly-drained soil.

Alternative Products

Other annual dry flowers include Bells of IrelandPastel Mix StaticeRudbeckia is an a fresh cut flower option.

Product Recommendations

Plantable 2-1/4" Round Jiffy Peat Pots (53222) can improve transplant success. Treat mite problems with 70% neem oil.

Celosia Facts

Flowers dry very well, holding their color for 6 months or more. To dry, remove leaves from cut stems and hang bundled stems upside down in a cool, dry place.


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