Crested Prestige Scarlet Celosia
Days to Full Maturity: 90 Days
Non-GMO – Heirloom – High Germination Rate
Minimum Seed Count: 25
Crested Prestige Scarlet Celosia produces a central flower but continues to branch, spreading to about 15 to 20″. During growth, numerous branches produce slightly smaller scarlet cockscombs for an effect similar to a dwarf conifer with scarlet ornaments. The 3 1/2 inch wide combs are borne over a longer season than other Celosia. The long stems are perfect for cut flowers. Dense, velvety florets in a regal shade of red. If your landscape needs a pop of color, these gorgeous blossoms are just the thing. With dense, velvety florets in a regal shade of delicious red set amid beds of lush, green foliage, these easy-growing annuals work beautifully in your flowerbed or as cut flowers. Their showy color and vigorous nature made them winners during our trials.
How to grow:
Crested Prestige Scarlet Celosia can be started indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Plant several seeds in one pot, about 1/4 inch deep. Let them germinate, covered in plastic wrap, in a spot that is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Transplant 12 inches apart when seedlings have 2-3 sets of true leaves and the threat of frost has passed. Celosia tolerates fair conditions, dry periods, and heat. Cut flowers when bright, before the base begins to dry and seeds mature. Cutting the flowers encourages the production of more flowers. Makes an excellent, long-lasting cut flower. Celosia can be grown as an annual plant in zones 2 through 11. It doesn’t tolerate cold and won’t make it through a frost. You can direct sow in the garden if you live in a warmer area that has a long summer. To direct sow, wait until after the last frost. Spread the seed across the soil, planting it a half in deep. Thin the plants to stand either 10 or 16 inches apart (based on size) after the seedlings have at least one set of true leaves.