Cockscombs appreciate well drained soil and full sun. Plants will not tolerate wet, soggy soil. They are easily grown from seed and take 90 days to flower after planting. However, I typically purchase and install bedding plants. At planting I remove the central leader. This insures plenty of lateral branching. Often, this is the only pruning/grooming I do all season.
I find cockscombs look best when massed in a large groups (as illustrated in several of the photos below). However, in some cases Celosia works well in a solitary fashion such as in containers or if the plant is used repeatedly to create a rhythm. For instance, the photo above shows Celosia ‘Fresh Look Red’ as part of a narrow border where 27 different varieties of plants repeat themselves around the perimeter of a large square patio.
A few of my favorite cultivars include:
These colorful, low-maintenance bedding and container plants make wonderful cut flowers for fresh arrangements as well.
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