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Celosia, Red Velvet Cake

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Big, velvety crimson heads.

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“Red Velvet Cake” is a cherished Southern recipe for an intense, dark-red, moist, buttermilk-style, mild chocolaty cake that is even more beautiful to behold than to eat—and it’s tasty! Our long-awaited, improved reselection has large, shapely heads with deeper and more vibrant red florets. The vigorous, strong stems reach 3–4' high, to create a stunning impression and cause comments all over the neighborhood. It is more beautiful than your best Red Velvet Cake. Cut a few stems and create a festive family feast for the eyes!
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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.

3-4 feet

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10 inches

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

Beds, Borders, 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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  • Celosia

    Celosia
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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.
  • 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, 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
3-4 feet
Spread
10 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Dried Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Red
Celosia, Red Velvet Cake is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from celosia,red velvet ours we grew from seed and they got 3' tall maybe taller.they were the talk of the neighborhood and family.it only took 3 to fill a vase.Have no idea why they got so big.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I direct sowed these seeds and they are wonderful, late additions to the flower bed. We had a very dry summer and these were very beautiful. My wife, kids and I dried the flowers that were gigantic and we are now using them in our home as Christmas decorations. They looks stunning on our Christmas wreath of fresh greens and dried grasses. These will be a staple in our garden for many years to come.
Date published: 2012-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unbelievably beautiful All of our neighbors could not believe these flowers. we never saw anything like them. They all came by and asked if they could take pictures of them. I am planting them again this year and I can only hope for a return appearance.
Date published: 2009-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful !!! These were a beautiful addition to my garden this year. Easy to start from seed. Just WONDERFUL!!!....They grow quite tall so you can see them in the garden from all angles. It was well worth the wait to see these grow.
Date published: 2007-08-18
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