Indoor plants

Celosia

The exuberant charm of celosia

Despite the existence of various species, which differ in shape and color, celosia is an easily recognizable houseplant due to the bright shades that characterize its spike inflorescences. Pink, red and yellow are the main colors that characterize this plant capable of capturing attention within a room and enhancing the environment in which it is inserted. The controlled development and the need for a climate that does not present excessive swings makes celosia ideal for growing in closed spaces, to decorate indoor environments with originality and warmth. The celosiabelongs to the Amaranthaceae family and is native to the tropical regions of Central America, Africa and Asia. It is therefore a plant that can stand the cold, while it resists high temperatures and requires prolonged exposure to sunlight at any time of the year. The leaves are wide and quite dense, but the plant can have a limited development, such as to make it possible to grow more varieties in very close spaces, for an even more colorful and lively effect.

Cultivation


Reproduction occurs mainly by seed, which will allow in a short time to have a luxuriant plant available, as long as it is cultivated in compliance with its needs. Celosia prefers bright and humid environments, with fertile soil mixed with sand and peat. Planting takes place in early spring; the first flowering can take place after a few months and continue until late autumn. Being an annual plant, no repotting and pruning operations are necessary for the cultivation of celosia, which favors the spread of this plant which does not require a lot of time and care to show all its charm. To increase flowering, it will be sufficient to trim the apical parts before the flowering period. Once a month it is recommended to add to the watering a good nitrogen fertilizer, increasing the frequency during the flowering period. Particular attention must be paid to watering, which must be frequent but not necessarily daily, while water stagnation and puddles in the cultivation soil must be absolutely avoided, as they would lead to rotting of the roots and consequently to the death of the plant. It is also possible to wet the leaves, especially in the summer period, preferably in the morning, so that by evening they have dried and are therefore not subject to excessive humidity in the less hot and bright hours. while water stagnation and puddles in the cultivation soil must be absolutely avoided, as they would lead to the rotting of the roots and consequently to the death of the plant. It is also possible to wet the leaves, especially in the summer period, preferably in the morning, so that by evening they have dried and are therefore not subject to excessive humidity in the less hot and bright hours. while water stagnation and puddles in the cultivation soil must be absolutely avoided, as they would lead to the rotting of the roots and consequently to the death of the plant. It is also possible to wet the leaves, especially in the summer period, preferably in the morning, so that by evening they have dried and are therefore not subject to excessive humidity in the less hot and bright hours.

Diseases and parasites


Although it does not require complex care and too frequent attention, celosia greatly fears the cold, from which it must be protected in the winter. The wilting of celosia is mainly linked to climatic problems: exposure to cold currents, or the excessive presence of water stagnation, or an unsuitable or insufficiently regular fertilization may be responsible. Depending on the cause, this can be remedied by moving the plant to a warmer and more humid environment or simply more protected from cold drafts. If, on the other hand, the risk is that of excessive soil moisture, it is advisable to check the state of the roots and eliminate, if necessary, those already rotten, and then repotting. The plant can also be sensitive to external attacks: the parasites that most frequently affect celosia are aphids, which appear as small white spots on the leaves and stems. These are infesting parasites that deprive the plant of the nourishment it needs for its development, to the point of leading it to death. In case of infestation, it is important to intervene promptly by eliminating, if possible, the affected part, in order to block the spread, while in case it is already in an advanced stage, the only really effective remedy is the chemical fight, through the use of specific products to be spread, if necessary, several times at regular intervals over time, until the total elimination of stains to avoid new development of the colony of parasites. which appear as small white spots on the leaves and stems. These are infesting parasites that deprive the plant of the nourishment it needs for its development, to the point of leading it to death. In case of infestation, it is important to intervene promptly by eliminating, if possible, the affected part, in order to block the spread, while in case it is already in an advanced stage, the only really effective remedy is the chemical fight, through the use of specific products to be spread, if necessary, several times at regular intervals over time, until the total elimination of stains to avoid new development of the colony of parasites. which appear as small white spots on the leaves and stems. These are infesting parasites that deprive the plant of the nourishment it needs for its development, to the point of leading it to death. In case of infestation, it is important to intervene promptly by eliminating, if possible, the affected part, in order to block the spread, while in case it is already in an advanced stage, the only really effective remedy is the chemical fight, through the use of specific products to be spread, if necessary, several times at regular intervals over time, until the total elimination of stains to avoid new development of the colony of parasites.

Celosia: Curiosity


Celosia is not only a decorative plant for the apartment, but also for the table: the petals of some varieties can be an elegant and original ornament for your dishes, and can give them a touch of intense and pleasant flavor, for courses full of imagination able to satisfy the palate and sight. There are no particular contraindications to the consumption of celosia for food purposes. However, the main function remains the decorative one, not only during the flowering period of the plant: to preserve all its beauty and the vivacity of its colors, it is possible to preserve the petals by drying them. A peculiarity of many species of celosia, in fact, is the ability of the petals to keep their color intact for a long time even after drying,

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