Plant Care Cockscomb


3.6 out of 5 (21 experiences)

Cockscomb has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Cockscomb has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Silver Cock's Comb and Celosia


Celosia argentea

How to care for Cockscomb

💦 Water

How often to water your Cockscomb

Water needs for Cockscomb
0.5 cups
every 9

Cockscomb needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Cockscomb

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Cockscomb in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Cockscomb: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Cockscomb love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Cockscomb does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Cockscomb in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Cockscomb

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Cockscomb: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Cockscomb after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Cockscomb is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Cockscomb →

💦 Water Needs

Cockscomb prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Cockscomb requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Cockscomb is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Cockscomb Toxicity to Cats →

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💨 Humidity

Cockscomb doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

🪴 Soil

Cockscomb does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

💩 Fertilizer

Cockscomb is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

🌎 Native Region

Cockscomb is native to Tropical Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Cockscomb bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Cockscomb Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Cockscomb grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Cockscomb →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Cockscomb can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Cockscomb can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Cockscomb, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Cockscomb



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Cockscomb has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 8
Cockscomb has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Cockscomb has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
Cockscomb has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Cockscomb has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Cockscomb has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 3
Cockscomb has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Juliana avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 594 XP

I would say that this plant is a cool idea but it looks good to be on here and I have a few things that need work lol I think it’s cool lol I just wanted you yep I know you lol but you know what you do for you too baby I miss you too baby I hope you’re

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Christopher avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 123 XP
globe Carrollton, TX

Gorgeous blooms that pollinators love

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Debmorg1 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 308 XP

Pros: amazing colours, vibrant, unusual, allegedly hardy, not prone to pests besides very specific ones.

Cons: mine all died or are currently dying of root rot. I had a 30cm diameter pot, watering as instructed. The only thing I can think that may have caused this, other than over watering, was the mix of potting soil and normal soil from the garden. Maybe some cross contamination there. Very sad to see them go.

Browns easily Browns easily
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@Manuelmarsha avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 568 XP

Very hardy. It survived the Texas 2021 February freeze.

Survivor Survivor
@pixiechloexo avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 59 XP

It wilted with in a day of buying

@SunflowerStacy avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 162 XP
globe Tucson, AZ

I do not like this plant. I thought it was kind of cool looking when I bought it, but once I put it on my patio I wasn’t impressed. The colors are vibrant, however, it’s just boring.

@Willow_ross avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 166 XP

Cockscombs are very beautiful after they bloom. They can’t bloom in the winter sadly, and they don’t come back yearly.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
@UntilSaturn avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 554 XP
globe Independence, MO

fun little flower, doesnt need too much sun!

@kitten avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 279 XP
globe Miami, FL

always die on me :(

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