Cockscomb Seeds - Carmine
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 6 inches
Bloom Season: Summer through fall
Bloom Color: Carmine
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well drained, pH 5.5 - 6.0
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Cover seed lightly with topsoil after sowing
Sowing Rate: 2 -3 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds in soil slightly moist but not wet
Plant Spacing: 6 - 10 inches
Care & Maintenance: Cockscomb
Cockscomb (Celosia Cristata Nana Jessica Carmine) - Start Celosia seeds to bring these exotic looking annuals to the garden! Celosia Cristata Nana is a dwarf, low-growing crested Celosia that is commonly called Cockscomb. The flower is said to resemble a rooster's comb, and it has interesting wavy crests of fused flower stalks. This carmine color is intense and long lasting. Celosia Cockscomb plants are heat loving, and they perform well in high temperatures as well as high humidity. They can be a perennial in frost-free zones, but in temperate zones they are grown as annuals. Celosia Cristata uses include bedding plants, container plants, and cut flowers. Cockscomb flowers dry and preserve well and are used in dried floral crafts such as wreaths.
Cockscomb seeds can be started indoors to get a jump start on the growing season. Celosia roots prefer not to be disturbed, so it's recommended to start the flower seeds in peat pots that can be transplanted right into the ground. Press the flower seeds into the soil and lightly cover. Keep the flower seeds moist. For areas with a long growing season, Celosia seeds can be started directly outdoors in a prepared seedbed. The soil must be 60F or warmer for germination to occur. Use a application of a balanced fertilizer every few weeks during the blooming season.