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Celosia, Fresh Look Red

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Excellent cut flower—fresh or dried.

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2004 All-America Gold Medal winner. A breeding breakthrough. Day after day, dense and brilliant rose-red plumes appear everlasting on tight bushy plants. Excellent displays through heat, humidity, rain and drought. Perfect for the front garden.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-16 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-16 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Dried Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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Take a garden tour and see favorite annual plants in a garden setting. In this video- Zinnia, Angelonia, Marigold, Petunia, Celosia and Vinca.
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Celosia seed should be sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds thinly and barely press into seed starting formula as seeds benefit from light to germinate.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees
  • Seedlings emerge in 8-10 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell when they have two sets of leaves.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant hardened-off seedlings to the garden after the frost.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning.  This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Do not move plants to the garden until well past the last spring frost date. Temperatures below 60 degrees F during the day and 50 degrees F at night will retard growth.
  • Select a location in full sun with good rich, moist, well-drained organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Plants should stand 9 to 12 inches apart in the garden.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Set level with the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water. 
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer such as Flower-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Tall cultivars may need staking.
  • Pinching back the first bloom will produce a bushier plant with more blooms.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Celosia grows well with other annuals and perennials in sunny beds and borders. Also consider them for planting over bulbs or cool-weather annuals that finish blooming as soon as warm summer weather arrives.
  • Low-growing varieties may be used as edgings or in containers.
  • Tall varieties make fine cut and superb dried flowers. To dry, strip off the leaves and hang them in small bunches in a warm, dry place.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
12-16 inches
Spread
12-16 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Dried Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
true
Bloom Duration
12
Celosia, Fresh Look Red is rated 4.666666666666667 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of Compliments I started the seeds indoors once I had transferred my tomatoes out of the starter cells. I planted them in full sun right next to the street on a corner surrounding a street sign, so the soil was very warm for CT and dryer than average. These celosia grew to be pretty tall (at least the upper end of the 12-16" range that's claimed and maybe taller). I don't remember how long it took them to start blooming - maybe a month - but once they did, the blooms were gorgeous until mid-September, and neighbors and people walking by offered compliments all summer. The pictures Burpee supplies accurately capture the color. I also noticed tons of insects pulling nectar out of the flowers over a multi-month period, and I'm always happy with plants that feed the bees.
Date published: 2014-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great performer This plant is a trooper. I start them from seed indoors under lights April 1st and set them out about May 1st. I think this is the toughest plant that I grow. They look wonderful after days of rain. They look wonderful after weeks of intense heat and drought here in southern Kansas and it takes a hard freeze to kill them in the fall. The plants are sturdy and are not affected by strong wind and storms. I have grown these the last two years and I will also be growing the "Fresh Look Orange" this year to add more color to the yard. I can't say enough good things about this variety.
Date published: 2011-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dazzling red feather this plant was hard to start but once it got its third set of leaves it grew at a modest rate, it likes regular light watering but didnt respond well to dry conditions and was quick to go to seed. Overall the plant was a great look among my other flowers. also it really resents root disturbance of any kind and will stop growing leaves all together it is very slow to recover from dry periods. Germinate in three inch peat pots and plant directly when weather and soil is warm and all danger of frost is past. It will continue to send out new flower spikes well into fall. this beauty has earnd a permanet spot around my fountain.
Date published: 2006-09-22
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