How To Grow Cockscomb

If you live in a warm climate, then cockscomb flowers would be a very vibrant flower to include in your garden. Also known as the Wool Flowers, or Brain Celosia, these flowers get their name because of their resemblance to a rooster's comb.

Growing these beautiful flowers is not a hard job. They grow very easily from seed, but do require regular care and maintenance once they get started.

Growing From Seed

Growing Cockscomb flowers from seeds is a very simple process. They can be either grown inside under some lights, or outside in the garden.

  • Plant seeds eight inches apart in full sun.
  • If planting inside, start the seeds six to eight weeks before the last frost, then take outside to plant in ground.
  • Keep the soil moist.
  • Avoid wetting the leaves or the flowers. This will cause a fungal outbreak.
  • Fertilize the plant every four weeks.

Taking Care of Cockscomb

Once the plants are established then you will need to monitor their health by the conditions of  the soil and the color of their leaves. If the soil becomes too dry they will have a duller color and begin to wilt. You should keep the soil moist, but not wet. Cockscomb flowers do like hot sun, but need to have some moisture around the roots. Fertilize the plant every four weeks. If it looks like the plant is failing to bloom, then wait another week before fertilizing again. At the sign of the first frost, the Cockscomb plant will die. Pull it out and remove from the garden.