Cultivation of crested comb

In Russia, celosia comb is better known under the name Cockscomb. This is a tropical perennial of the amaranth family, but in the middle lane it does not withstand wintering and is cultivated like an annual plant... A flower bed with these plants invariably attracts admiring glances, and flowering lasts from July to October.

Growing cellosis comb, like other annuals, begins with sowing seeds. The plant is very thermophilic, so seedlings are grown first. In March-April, the seeds are laid out in seedling boxes, but they are not sprinkled with soil, but simply pressed a little. Celosia belongs to the group of those plants, the seeds of which light is needed for germination. They make a mini-greenhouse from the boxes, covering them with glass or polyethylene, and put them on a sunny windowsill. The substrate must be regularly moistened by spraying, and the greenhouse must be ventilated.

Seedlings will appear in a couple of weeks. When the plants get stronger, they will have several real leaves, they are seated in separate containers. It can be planted in open ground only after the ground has warmed up and the threat of night frosts has passed. Further cultivation of scallop cellosia consists of watering, weeding and loosening. Watering is best in the morning., so that the leaves of the plant dry until the evening. Celosia often suffers from fungal infections that cause cervical and root rot. It is better to remove a diseased plant with a clod of earth in order to avoid the spread of the infection.

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