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How to Take Care of a Cockscomb Plant

Updated February 21, 2017

Cockscomb (Celosia cristata) is an annual plant that will attract plenty of attention with dense, brightly coloured blooms that resemble roosters' combs. The blooms, in dazzling shades of red, yellow, pink, violet, white and orange, will appear in spring and will last until early summer. Cockscomb, which can grow up to 2 feet in height, works well in flowerbeds and borders. Cut cockscomb blooms for cut flower bouquets, or dry the blooms for use in dried flower arrangements or crafts.

Plant cockscomb in well-drained soil and full sunlight. If you live in a climate with hot summers, locate cockscomb where the plant will be in the shade during the afternoon, as cockscomb isn't heat-tolerant.

Water as needed to keep the soil moist at all times but never soggy. Cockscomb is prone to rot and mildew if the soil is too damp.

Fertilise cockscomb once or twice every month, using a general-purpose liquid or granular fertiliser. Refer to the fertiliser package label for specific rates of application and follow the directions closely.

Deadhead or remove the flowers when they've finished blooming. Removing the blooms will encourage more blooms. Allow a few flowers to remain at the end of the season if you want the plant to reseed.

Things You'll Need

  • General-purpose, liquid or granular fertiliser
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About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.