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Growing Celosia


This is the time of year when people are getting ready to plant pretty flowers and, of course they like pretty red flowers. Everybody likes red flowers it seems like and this is one of the prettiest you can plant. It's called Celosia or Cockscomb, because it looks like the cockscomb of a chicken or something.

This particular one is called the San Antonio Celosia and it's not readily available in transplant form or seed. The neat think about this one is it starts out small after you plant it of course. Then it gets a fairly small head that's real intensive red, the head continues to enlarge, and finally it gets so big such as this one that the plants actually droop over and fall over. At that particular time what you do is cut it with a long stem and hang it upside down and then it dries. Now you cut it and hang it before this flower begins to get off color, while it's still red. It will dry with this red intensive color and you can use it in cut flower arrangements or dry flower arrangements for several months to come.

Now this is one called San Antonio Celosia and if you are interested in getting some seeds from this or buying some seeds send me a self-addressed stamped envelope to The Weekend Gardener Address which is P.O. Box 380391 in San Antonio 78280 and I will send you some information on how to get this. The neat thing about this is once you plant it it drops so many seeds that you will have it from year to year.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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