Saving Celosia Seeds

Celosia, commonly called cockscomb, comes in a lot of colors and varieties and is one of the best self-seeding annuals. I got a bouquet at my farmer’s market that had some beautiful ‘Flamingo Feather’ variety that I would like to be able to grow in my own garden next year.

I let the flowers dry out for a week before they were ready for me to harvest the seeds. I snipped the flower heads into a Ziploc bag to shake, and a lot of the loose seeds fell out easily. Then I crushed the dried celosia further in a sieve over a bowl to separate the seeds from the chaff. Once I crushed the rest of the celosia heads, there were some fine bits of chaff that made their way through the sieve. I was able to gently blow away some of the chaff that made it through the sieve, but from what I’ve read, it’s not a problem to not get the tiny fine, black seeds perfectly clean. I saved them in a paper envelope to label and store until next spring for direct sowing.

Celosia and limonium make a pretty dried arrangement

Celosia and limonium make a pretty dried arrangement

Harvesting celosia seeds

Harvesting celosia seeds

Separating the seeds from the chaff

Separating the seeds from the chaff

Storing seeds for next year

Storing seeds for next year

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