Growing Cockscomb Plants In Your Garden

Growing Cockscomb Plants In Your Garden

The cockscomb plant is versatile in height, sometimes remaining as short as a few inches while others grow to a few feet. The irregular growth habits of the cockscomb plant can lead to surprises in the garden. The flowers come in a range of vivid colors including red, orange, pink, yellow, and a rich gold, and will bloom well into the autumn, especially if the cockscomb plants are routinely dead headed and well cared for. In addition to doing well in the garden, cockscomb also thrives as an outdoor potted plant. Learning how to grow cockscomb is an interesting garden chore and can brighten the flower bed with shades of golden yellow, traditional red, peach and purple. Both specimens offer long-lasting flowers for brilliant colors in the garden. They are heat loving and are somewhat drought tolerant. Full sun locations allow cockscomb Celosia to grow taller. But cockscomb may grow in only partial sun, so it can happily exist when partially shaded by taller plants.

Pinching back the first bloom on these flowers can cause branching and a more abundant display of flowers on each cockscomb plant. Plant seedlings into rich, well draining soil in your garden that has warmed in late spring. Seedlings may be grown indoors or purchased. Those living in warm areas may sow the tiny seeds directly into the flower bed. In areas farther north, make sure the soil has warmed before planting, as letting the cockscomb plant get a chill can cause summer flowering to cease or not happen. Leaving seedlings too long in crowded cell packs may have the same result.

Outdoor Garden With Cockscomb Plants

Outdoor Garden With Cockscomb Plants

Cockscomb, also known as Celosia cristata or simply celosia, is a brightly colored annual flower with a bizarre shape that resembles the folds of a rooster's comb, or a brain.

Red Cockscomb Plants In The Garden

Red Cockscomb Plants In The Garden

When fully grown, cockscomb can range from 10 inches (25 centimeters) and three feet (almost one meter) in height, with simple green leaves which remain close to the ground.

Garden With Red Cockscomb Plants

Garden With Red Cockscomb Plants

Cockscomb thrives in all USDA zones, although it is not very frost tolerant, and should always be planted out after the last frost in cooler regions.

Cockscomb Plants In The Backyard

Cockscomb Plants In The Backyard

When planting cockscomb, keep the seedlings around 12 inches (30 centimeters) apart so that the mature plants have plenty of room to grow, and keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged.

Backyard Garden With Cockscomb Plants

Backyard Garden With Cockscomb Plants

Cockscomb can be seeded directly after all chance of frost has passed, or seeds can be started indoors six to eight weeks before that point and transplanted into the garden.

Red Annual Cockscomb Plants In The Garden

Red Annual Cockscomb Plants In The Garden

The cockscomb flower is an annual addition to the flower bed, commonly named for the red variety similarly colored to the cock’s comb on a rooster’s head.

Cockscomb Plants In The Backyard

Cockscomb Plants In The Backyard

One of the more appealing qualities of cockscomb in that it does well in poor soil, although it prefers full sun to partial shade.

Red Tall Cockscomb Plants In The Garden

Red Tall Cockscomb Plants In The Garden

Cockscomb also has a late blooming period; the bright colors of cockscomb will rejuvenate a tired fall garden, and will also be retained if the flower is dried.

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