Seeds - Art Pack - Mammoth Magenta Celosia OG

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Description: Deep pink crested celosia with green and orange foliage.

John Gill has been farming in Hurley, New York, for decades, and for many years his farm, now the home of the Hudson Valley Farm Hub has been delighting guests with this unique celosia. Grown from seed that was conveyed to him by relatives who brought it back from Mexico, this variety is very tall up to 6' in height, and is plumed with bright magenta, chenille-like, crested inflorescences that are so vivid they appear to glow, especially at dusk. The central blooms become many-layered magenta universes that harbor insect life, and the smaller blooms on side shoots make wonderful cut flowers. 

Pack Size: 200 seeds

Germination Rate: 5-7 days

Days to Maturity: 100

Latin Name: Celosia argentea cristata
Main Uses: This plant is grown as an ornamental.
Zone Hardiness: Annual
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Height: 60-80 cm (24-32")
Flower Color: Red
Flowering Time: Late July - August (or until frost)

Germination: 5 - 7 days at 21°C.
Sowing: Indoors 4 - 5 weeks before last frost, 2 seeds per cell (thin to the strongest. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant. Outdoors, direct seed after last frost.

Planting depth: Barely-covered - light required for germination.

Spacing:  12”.

Planting Out: Well-drained soil once seedlings are established and risk of frost has passed.

Growing in Containers: Large containers only.

Fertilizing (Containers): Use an organic bloom-boost fertilizer once plants start to set buds.

Watering (Containers): Water deeply when top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.

Watering (Garden): Water young plants regularly to establish, the water deeply as conditions require.

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