With beautiful and stunning array of flowers, this plant is a sure delight! Here’re all the details on How to Grow Celosia!
The genus Celosia belongs to the family of Amaranthaceae. Celosia is native to tropical regions of Asia and Africa. The plant is appreciated for the showy inflorescent, colorful, and fluffy flowers. So, if you are looking forward to growing one, here are all the details on How to Grow Celosia!
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Popular Celosia Varieties
Celosia Argentea: It is native to tropical Asia. It ‘s a plant that grows to a height of one meter with dark green coarse leaves with apparent ribs. The flowers are bright and colorful and can last up to 6 to 8 weeks.
Celosia Cristata: Also called as Chi Kuan in China. It is known as cockscomb as the flower head resembles the head of a rooster. It comes in colors like carmine red, yellow, white.
Celosia Plumosa: The flowers of this species are often dried out and preserved for decoration as they keep their color for a long time.
Celosia Caracas: It flowers from mid-summer to fall. Its lovely pink and purple colored flowers bloom above oval-shaped leaves.
How to Grow Celosia Plants
You can grow the plant from seeds or you can buy potted plants from the nursery.
- Get the seeds from a nursery or online.
- Sow them directly into the pot with compost-rich and well-draining soil.
- Keep the soil moist and place the pot in bright light.
Requirements for Growing Celosia
Celosia loves sun and heat. The optimum temperature for celosia ranges around 64-80 F (18-25 C) and to obtain abundant flowers, exposure to the full sun is essential. If growing indoors or on a balcony, find Southern or Western exposure for constant blooms.
Celosia loves moist soil. Although the plant can tolerate short periods of drought, it grows much better when the soil remains slightly moist. While watering, remember not to overwater plants to avoid leaf spots, stem rot, root rot, and other fungal diseases.
Celosia plant thrives in most of the soil types, but it is better to use soil that is rich in organic matter and drains well. The pH level of the soil required should be around 6 to 7.
Caring For Celosia Plants
Fertilize the plant using a liquid fertilizer once a month. When the plant starts to flower, increase the fertilization frequency to once every 2-3 weeks. Use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen such as a ratio of 3: 1: 2.
Outdoor planted celosia will benefit a lot from a thick layer of organic mulch. It helps the plant to retain moisture for a longer time duration. In addition, mulching helps in preventing the growth of weeds.
Pests and Diseases
Common pests and diseases that infect celosia plants are aphids and spider mites. For diseases, check for leaf spot, stem, and root rot. To avoid infection keep your plant healthy, water in limit, and ensure good drainage. Spray with organic pesticide and fungicide if necessary.
If your celosia plant begins to wilt and grows up with difficulty, it is a sign of excessive watering or fertilizing. Planting in well-draining soil or in a soilless potting mix and fertilizing according to the instructions, will fix these problems.