Q. When should I cut celosia plumosas? I've read if you cut them too soon they will wilt in the vase early. Thank you
Hello Claire Sluyterman van Loo,
Thank you for your question. Yes, there is a technique for cutting this flower for display. Cockscomb (celosia) is cut when flowers are at least three-quarters developed (grown). Under-developed flowers do not keep well. Use a clean cutting tool, such as a knife (army/navy florist type or hand held prunners), then dip cut stem ends for a few seconds in boiling water place Condition overnight in a vase of cool water. Arrange the next day in fresh water (add flower preservative in water for prolonged life).
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Courtesy of the NYBG Plant Information Service