A flower that appears similar to velvet with a colored brain red is also known as Wool flower or Brain Celosia, an eye-catching variety which stands out with a compact crown 2-5 inches across is one of the unique choices for your garden. Flowering plant with two cotyledons (early stage of development leaf in seed-bearing plants) the stem grows by deposit on its outside. It is an annual plant popularly named for red variety but also bloom in pink, yellow, orange and white. They are not only placed outdoor can be indoor display too.
Step 1: From seeds to Planting
Basically, they are warm weather plants but grow in partial shade too. Buy different Cockscomb flower seeds India online/ at stores, start off seedlings indoor/outdoor. Sow the tiny seeds directly into the flower beds of about 1-2inches deep and 8 inches apart with rich and well-drained soil in warm areas as it requires warm soil for planting it can be containers or on land.
Drop water making the beds moist not wet during germination making sure that seeds don’t wash out. It will take about 15-20 days for the plant to appear and it takes about 1-2 months to first blossom.
Step 2: Choosing the pot/land and soil
It's up to you to choose different shapes and sized pots. It’s good a container with a drainage hole which prevents damaging the plant in case of over watering. Avoid using soil found near your place as they bloom with a rich potting mix. Check our potting mix, which includes compost and fertilizer contents. In case you want to plant it in your garden patch choose a place where the plant gets quite sufficient space and sunlight to grow. Till the soil 2-3 times with fertilizer and compost before you sow the seeds an inch deep and 8 inches apart.
Step 3: Watering and taking care
Regular watering every day during the growth leads to appealing flowers. Water the plant early in the day by keeping the soil beds moist not wet. Include compost and fertilizer as a potting mix every four weeks. Too rich soil, overwatering and excess fertilizer can lead to less flowering. Eliminate any dead or faded once as it will affect the rest. Pull out the bent stems. Make sure the flowers and leaves are not wet as it causes fungal diseases. You can collect the seeds once the flowers dry up for next level of growth.
Step 4: Pests and Diseases
Common diseases are Rhizoctonia root rot and powdery mildew which have a white fungal growth on top of leaves and flowers. The best remedy is spray “Neem oil” once a day after watering.
Certainly worth the minimal effort that divine flower beds!
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