Whoever has grown a number of of the varied Celosias has certainly been charmed both by their magnificence or their fantasy of kind. Celosias are generally confused with Amaranthus, which, nonetheless, is coarser and of which the colours will not be so clear.
THE SORTS To GROW. Cockscomb, C. cristata (C. coccinea). This species has large, laterally flattened heads, which in lots of circumstances actually counsel the comb of a large chanticleer. The colours vary from crimson to golden yellow. Some vegetation usually develop 2 toes tall whereas others are solely 8 inches in top.
Feather Cockscomb, C. argenlea (C. plumosa). The heads resemble ostrich plumes of shining, silky texture. These of some types are a transparent, good pink or crimson; others are like feathers of pure gold. The perfect types are the Thompson hybrids and the Satisfaction of Fort Gould. The vegetation when given area to develop will develop 2 1/2 toes to 4 toes tall.
Woolflower (C. childsi). Of somewhat current improvement, the Woolflower is considerably just like the Feather Cockscomb besides that the flower heads kind globular crimson or orange plenty resembling balls of woolen yarn or silk thread. The vegetation begin to bloom when solely a number of inches tall. Then branches develop, every tipped with a flower usually from 4 inches to six inches in diameter.
The place to Plant. Large plenty of Celosias are showy in any annual border. The dwarfer types could also be used to edge the taller Celosias or different annuals. The heads could also be lower and saved in water for weeks. Some individuals use them as eternal flowers and preserve them of their rooms all Winter. The wavy, plumy plenty of the Feather Cockscombs are magnificent when properly grown.
GENERAL. Sow the seeds both in a hotbed or window in March or April, or else sow within the open floor in Might. Good soil ought to be utilized in planting Celosias for, in contrast to Amaranths, they reply to feeding. Farmers’ Bulletin notes that transplanting into wealthy soil because the combs start to kind, makes the flower heads bigger. The vegetation of the bigger rising Feather Cockscombs ought to stand at the least 2 toes aside. In some greenhouse these are grown as pot vegetation, by which tradition they need to be grown in a heat home.
(Identify derived from kelos.,-burned, referring to the colour and-.character of the flowers)
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