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Celosia ' Christie Scarlet '

Celosia argentea cristata


Cristie  Scarlet produces cockscomb-like flower heads of striking scarlet complementing the dark bronze-green foliage. This variety grows vigorously under hot, humid conditions to 30 40 " tall, depending on the climate. A good cut flower produces large, vivid flower heads which form at every node, covering the plant from top to bottom.


Plant tlife cycle: annual

Site: Full sun
Height: 36-48”
Days to maturity: 90-110 days

Seed depth:1/16" Surface, press into growing medium
Plant spacing: 6-12”
Pinch: when 6-8” tall
Approx seeds per packet: 50


How to Grow:

Days to germination:8-14 days at 70-80°F (21-27°C)

Bottom-water or mist lightly to avoid displacing seeds and soil.



Transplant (recommended) - Sow into 72-cell flats or preferred seedling container, 6-8 weeks before last frost. Light is required for germination; cover very lightly to hold seeds in place. Grow seedlings at 63-68°F (17-20°C). Harden off and transplant out after last frost.


Direct seed - Only in locations with a long growing season. Sow 1/8" deep, after last frost. Pinching is recommended to encourage branching. Low temperatures and less than 12 hours of light can cause premature flowering.


How to harvest 

Celosia is exceptional as a cut flower and can be used both fresh and dried.

Fresh - Harvest when the flowers are fully developed, and stems are firm at the base of the bloom.

Dried - Harvest at the same stage of growth as you would for fresh flowers. Remove all the foliage and hang in a dark, well-ventilated location to dry.


Flower heads get bigger over time so pick when they are the size that you want, but before they go to seed. Strip 80 percent of the foliage off during harvest.



Vase life:

Celosias are a long-lasting cut flower . Ideal storage temperature 36-41°F (2-5°C).

Flowers can also be dried for later use. Hang freshly cut stems upside down in a warm dark place for 2-3 weeks or until they are firm to the touch.

Celosia ' Christie Scarlet '

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