Information About Celosia Flowers & How to Care for Them


Celosia (Celosia argentea) is an eye-catching annual flower, available in petite dwarf varieties as well as imposing types that can grow up to 3 feet tall. Celosia is stunning in the flower bed or a patio container but also works well in cut flower arrangements and can easily be dried for use in wreaths or other crafts projects. Celosia will be happy with few requirements other than adequate moisture and plenty of bright sunlight. In return it will produce bright and fuzzy red, orange, purple or yellow plumes from summer through autumn.

Step 1

Plant celosia in bright sunlight and well-drained soil that has been cultivated to a depth of 6 to 8 inches and amended with 2 to 3 inches of compost or manure. Celosia can be planted by seeds directly in the garden or started indoors four to six weeks before the last freeze.

Step 2

Pinch off the first celosia flower on each plant to promote lush, bushy plants. After pinching the initial bloom, remove spent blooms as soon as they wilt to promote continued blooming.

Step 3

Feed celosia every two to three weeks with an all-purpose granular or liquid fertilizer. Use the fertilizer according to the directions on the fertilizer container.

Step 4

Water celosia regularly. Keep the soil moist, but never allow the soil to become soggy.

Things You'll Need

  • Celosia seeds
  • Compost or manure
  • all-purpose granular or liquid fertilizer


  • Cornell University: Celosia, Wheat, Annual Flower
  • University of Illinois: Growing Celosia
  • Thrifty Fun: Growing: Celosia
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M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.