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Red Flame
Organic Celosia Seed

Product ID: 1770G

Vibrant dark red flowers with burgundy stems and foliage.

Long, up to 31", multiple stems support vivid red, 2–4" blooms. Use as a fresh cut flower or a dried flower that holds its color well. Also known as cockscomb and crested cock's comb. USDA Certified Organic. Ht. 24–32". Avg. 51,900 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
Johnny's Recommended Substitute
Sturdy, uniform plants with strong stems.
Sturdy, uniform plants with strong stems.
90 - 120 Days
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 8-14 days at 70-80°F (21-27°C)

SOWING: Transplant (recommended) - Sow into 72-cell flats 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.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.

PLANT HEIGHT: Varies.

PLANT SPACING: 6-12".

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.

STEM LENGTH: 12-48" depending on variety.

VASE LIFE: 7-14 days. Ideal storage temperature 36-41°F (2-5°C).

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.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Well-drained, moist, fertile soil high in organic matter. pH of 6.0-7.0 preferred.

USES: Excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. Borders, beds, and containers.

Note: Pinching is not necessary for all species of Celosia but is still recommended to increase branching (the number of stems and flowers produced) and uniform flower size. Pinching is highly recommended for C. cristata and C. plumosa. To pinch, when plants are 6–12" tall, use your thumb and index finger or sterilized scissors to remove the growing point.

SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Celosia spp.

ALTERNATE NAMES:
Cockscomb, crested cock's comb, prince of Wales feather, prince feather, wheat celosia, red fox


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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Celosia argentea cristata

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

95 - 100 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).

Annual

Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies
Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.

Supplies that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) rules according to a third-party authority such as OMRI, WSDA, and/or a local authority such as MOFGA or NOFA.

Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Ideal for Drying and Crafts