Saving Celosia Seeds

Hi Lovelies,

I saved the seeds from this plant. I really liked the bicolor pinks, so it will be interesting to see if I can get more plants with this color – fingers crossed.

This post is a little late, but don’t worry – I didn’t forget! I’m still knee-deep in cleaning up this season’s mess, and now that it’s colder, I’m a lot less motivated to even walk outside. It’s usually at this point in the game that I start wondering why I don’t live in California or some place that I can grow enormous groves of citrus trees. We hit a huge milestone over on Instagram last night, in case you don’t follow along – we reached 10,000 followers. This fact is amazing in so many ways. I can only say, “thank you” but if you multiply that times like 1000, you may be a little more accurate. If you haven’t checked out the feed over there, please feel free to do so. If you use the hashtag #lovelocalflowers, I’ll see your photos as well. It’s all about sharing the gorgeousness that’s growing in your yard! I love it!

This is the underside/base of the celosia flower head. See how it’s getting weak and starting to dry out? Those little black spots are the seeds. Each little “chamber” holds one seed.

Okay, onto the task at hand. Saving celosia seeds is super easy. In fact, I almost didn’t even write this. Basically, I let the celosia grow. Then around the time that the flower head starts to droop, or when it starts to look “dirty”, I’ll check it by just running my thumb along the underside of the bloom. Black seeds will easily fall out if it’s ready. If they’re a little difficult to remove I’ll let them hangout on the plant a few more weeks.

Clearly I’ve let these flowers go too far and they’re dropping seeds all over the yard. One seed package has been giving me volunteers for years.

In my zone 6b, celosia reseed very easily. I planted a package two years ago and I still have celosia all over my yard. As an alternative to rubbing the seeds out with my hands, I’ve also tried shaking the heads over a bucket – which worked equally well for getting more than just a package-worth.

Here’s a close up of the seeds, ready for planting!

That’s about it! Is there something you want to know about? Suggest it in the comments, and I’ll give it my best. Hope you’re having a wonderful day, much love!

4 thoughts on “Saving Celosia Seeds

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  2. I have a Celosia plant that I purchased at a local farmers market in California as a bouquet. Bc I fell in love with the flower I decided to propagate it and it seemed to be doing fine for a few days, but now it’s leaves and flowers started to wilt. It does have seeds, and the color is still a vibrant green on the stems and leaves. What is happening? Can I save it? Or did it give all its energy to creating and shedding seeds that the stem and flower will just die off? Will the seeds that fall in the plant just regrow? Thanks! A desperate Celosia lover

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