Surface to barely cover.
Seed To Bloom:
Sow indoors 6 weeks before last frost. Cover with vermiculite and keep at 68-78°F until germination then at 65°F. Grow in roomy cell-packs to avoid rootbound seedlings and premature flowering.
Sow outdoors about two weeks after last frost for later blooms.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
Two weeks after last frost, when soil has warmed.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Heirloom Celosia 'Thompson's Superb Feathered Mix' is an unusual addition to cottage gardens of mixed summer annuals and an ideal cut flower-both fresh and dry. This plumed Celosia variety has brilliant colors and an interesting texture. Be sure to keep soil evenly moist and fertilized, as any check in their growth will result in stunted plants with small premature flowering. Self-sows.
Keep evenly moist—do not allow to dry out, but avoid saturated soils.
Slightly acidic to neutral
Mix in a couple of inches of compost before planting. Alternatively, feed once a month during the growing season with an organic, all-purpose fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
Susceptible to thrips, aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies that can be controlled with insecticidal soap. Provide air circulation and keep water off the leaves or water early morning to discourage any leaf spots. An organic fungicide, such as copper can also be used.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when 1/2 of the florets are open.