Сelosia is a genus of edible and ornamental plants in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. They are native to tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world, including Asia, Africa, South America, and Central America. The vibrant colors of celosia flowers make them popular for use as cut flowers and in home gardens. Celosia seeds can be harvested and stored for future use.
When to Harvest Сelosia Seeds?
Celosia seed heads should be harvested after the flowers have completely dried up and turned brown. This typically takes three to four weeks from the time of flowering. Carefully cut off the entire flower head and place it in a paper bag.
Harvesting Celosia Seeds
Once the flower heads have dried, shake them over a bowl to dislodge the seeds. If you are harvesting a large number of flower heads, you may need to use an extended handle brush to help remove the seeds from the flowers.
To harvest celosia seeds, you’ll need a sharp knife or scissors, paper bags, and a bowl.
What do Celosia Seeds Look Like?
Celosia seeds vary in shape and size approximately 1 to 1.5 mm in diameter., but they are usually black. The seeds are small and round with a dark gray or black outer layer. They have a hard outer shell and a soft inner core.
Seed Preparation for Storage
The seeds should be carefully cleaned for storage. Use a sieve to remove any debris such as chaff, dried petals, and other plant material. After the cleaning process is complete, spread out the celosia seeds on newspaper or paper towels to dry in a warm location with good air circulation. When the seeds are completely dry they can be stored, they can be stored in an airtight container or bag in a cool, dark place.
Conditions for Storing Celosia Seeds
Celosia seeds should be stored at temperatures between 40°F to 50°F (4°C to 10°C). Storing celosia seeds at temperatures below 40°F (4°C) can reduce the germination rate of the seeds. The humidity should be kept as low as possible. A good rule of thumb is to maintain a relative humidity level between 30% and 35%.
Shelf Life of Celosia Seeds
Under optimal conditions, celosia seeds have a shelf life of up to three years. To ensure the longevity of the seeds, check them periodically and discard any that show signs of mold or fungus. If stored properly and in good condition, celosia seeds can remain viable for several seasons.