Last Updated on January 11, 2023 by a Friendly Gardener
Cockscomb flowers are a lovely addition to any garden, and they can transform it into a vibrant space in an instant.
The flowers are large and velvety and come in a variety of colors such as pink, white, yellow, and red. Because the colors do not fade when the flowers are dried, they make excellent additions to wreaths or dried flower arrangements.
The leaves of such plants are narrow and tapering to a pointed tip, and they are green or bronze.
If you’re wondering what’s the deal with the name of this plant, here is something. The flowering plant gets its name from its resemblance to a rooster’s comb. They are members of the Amaranthaceae family, genus Celosia.
Cockscomb flowering time can last up to ten weeks. They can later be cut and dried and used as decorations.
How Long Do Cockscombs Grow?
Cockscomb plants can grow at a variety of heights, with some growing as short as 3 inches and others growing as tall as 40 inches.
When you welcome the cockscomb plants, you never know what surprises await you in your garden.
How to Care For Your Cockscomb Plants?
Having this plant is fantastic, and it requires very little upkeep. You won’t have to worry about these plants growing if you place them in areas with plenty of sunlight and rich, moist soil.
You’ll also have a colorful garden, which is something every gardener desires, don’t you think?
A cockscomb plant is naturally resistant to most diseases and pests, but it can become infected with a fungal disease. As a result, make sure you take care of them as needed.
What Are the Right Conditions to Grow a Cockscomb Plant?
Growing cockscomb in your garden requires a lot of sun, as we told you earlier.
You better not keep them in shade, as too much of it can trap moisture and might lead them to rot or catch fungus. So, to keep them in good health, expose them to at least 8 hours of direct sunlight per day.
For soil quality, it must be nutrient-rich and have PH levels between neutral to slightly acidic. To keep fungal diseases at bay, it’s better to plant cockscombs in well-draining soil.
We suggest you keep a regular watering schedule to keep your cockscomb healthy. While planning such a schedule, keep in mind that the soil should be moist, but not soggy. So, to cut the overwatering crap, observe how the top inch or two feels like.
If it’s dry, go grab your watering can. If not, leave it to its own accord.
Cockscombs are delicate, so water from the base rather than the leaves.
Compost the soil before planting the cockscomb. This could be a significant step toward nutrient enrichment of the soil. It will also help in draining the extra water.
We also suggest you use a liquid fertilizer once a month, especially during its growing season (summer and rains), to see a burst of cockscomb flowers in your garden.
How to Propagate Cockscombs in Your Garden?
So you already have a cockscomb plant and want to multiply it. Good choice!
Cockscomb can be propagated in two ways, through cuttings and seeds.
Propagating Cockscombs through Cuttings
Cuttings are the first and simplest way to propagate cockscomb. Here’s how to do it.
- To begin, cut a few inches of cockscomb stem with a clean garden scissor.
- Remove the bottom set of leaves if there are any. You must have at least two sets of healthy leaves near the tip of the plant.
- Dip this cutting in rooting hormone to accelerate plant growth.
- Plant the cutting in another pot with well-draining soil.
Cuttings should root in 20 to 30 days. And there you go, you have another cockscomb plant at your rescue.
Propagating Cockscombs through Seeds
The ideal temperature for cockscomb seed germination is 64 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- First, take a flowing pot and fill it with potting mix (this is different from the garden soil). Make sure the pot is completely covered from the bottom so that no soil can fall through.
- When the pot is half full with soil, use a garden tool to gently push back the soil to remove any air pockets. Pour in the potting mix once more. Give the pot a gentle shake to allow the soil to settle.
- Then, take the cockscomb seeds and scatter them on top of the soil.
- Add a thin layer of potting soil to the top of it.
- Sprinkle some water on this, cover the pot with a plastic cover to keep the soil moist, and place it in a shady location.
After 8 days, you will notice that the seeds have begun germinating. Now, take off the plastic cover and place these seeds in a well-lit area where the pot will receive 16-18 hours of light.
If you’re planning to keep the plant indoors, use a grow light.
The plant should have grown well after 20 days, so now is the time to transplant it into a large pot.
For that, cut each plant and plant it one per pot once the seedlings start producing true leaves. If you’re growing them in a garden, space them about 10 inches apart.
Harden off indoor seedlings when they are about a month old and have several sets of strong leaves. It is critical to harden off slowly and correctly, as changing conditions can stunt the growth of this plant. Check that the weather is warm and that there is no chance of frost.
An important point to note is you should maintain the soil line to the same height while planting your seedlings. if you bury the seedling too deep into the soil, it will lead to stem rot. If you don’t bury it enough, your plants can dry out.
Cockscombs thrive in warm temperatures, so bring them inside when it’s cold outside and give them just enough light to keep them warm.
When your cockscombs finally begin to flower, you will be in awe of how beautiful your space looks.