Tornado Red celosia was impressive in our trials, with large, dense carmine red flower combs on healthy green stems. Better yet, the seed is certified organic, so the variety has a leg up on other Celosias for the organics marketplace. Tornado Red is an excellent choice for both fresh and dried arrangements and can be creatively used in mixed bouquets or entirely on its own.
Approximately 742,075 seeds per pound
Weeks to finish: 3 - 4 weeks
Soil temperature: 72 - 75 degrees fahrenheit
Germination lighting: Light required
Germination days: 8 - 10 days
Grow on temperature day: 70 - 75 degrees fahrenheit
Grow on temperature night: 65 - 68 degrees fahrenheit
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Review by Phyllis B. on 2 Sep 2019review stating Excellent choice
I grew these in 2017 & had cut flowers way into the fall with 10" blooms. I took these to the nursing home, to shut ins & they kept so long in a vase. I received so many compliments on these & hope I can replant with some of the seeds I saved! Everyone had to feel them & it didn't harm them at all.
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Q: I plan to grow Celosia Red Tornado from seed next season. I hope to start the seeds in early May (Minnesota Zone 4 location). In the past I have had trouble getting the seedling transferred into the final flower bed. The soil around the seedling would crumble and the roots were damaged. Can you recommend seedling soil or a “system” to make transplanting more successful? Any guide, etc. would appreciated, Thank you, Bob Saaranen
A: Hi Robert, Thanks for reaching out with your question about Celosia Tornado Red. It sounds like your plant starts may simply need a bit more time in their tray before being transplanted outside in your garden. Celosia should be started roughly 4 weeks before your last frost date so it has enough time to grow prior to transplanting it outside. Your Celosia is ready to transplant when you are able to pull the plant from its tray without destroying the root mass. If the plug is falling apart is hasn't had enough time to establish a sufficient root mass and isn't ready to transplant. Give the plant another week or so in the tray and try again. You may also want to consider fertilizing your plant starts with a fertilizer that is specifically designed to encourage rooting and fruiting (it will have extra phosphorous in it) to guarantee healthy plant starts.
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Q: I plan to add Celosia Red Tornado to my garden next year. We live in Stillwater Minnesota. If we started the seeds indoors in early May would that be good timing? I am also trying to find Amaranth Carnival. Do you offer this seed?
A: Hi Robert, Thanks for reaching out! You will want to start this specific variety of celosia about 4 weeks prior to your last frost date in order to ensure sufficient growth prior to transplanting outside. Other celosia varieties require longer time prior to transplant.
We apologize, but we do not carry Carnival Amaranth.