Can any one help me identify the red headed shrub I came across recently in Cephalonia Greec.The owner of the place I stumbled on it gave me the following names but I am unable to find anything that resembles it.Veloxdo & Benoxdo
Benjy, it's Celosia cristata http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celosia_cristata
Thank you. I am sorry I am late replying but I have spent some time incapacitated.
Could you let me know when the ideal time is for planting the seeds as the owner of a café in Cephalonia gave me some when we were there visiting.
Sorry to hear you've been unwell - hope you're much better now
I've never grown them but I understand they need a soil temp of 60F so you'll need a heated propagator and a heated greenhouse or conservatory unless we get an exceptional UK summer.
All Tropical plants and a few sub-Tropical plants require minimum 60 degrees (even in our winter) and Celosia is somewhere between the two. Do not overwater but spray the leaves with water every 3-4 days for humidity.
Most of our Orchids are now in full flower in the conservatory, again, with night minimum temperature of 60-65F. What a wonderful sight! This time last year my wife and I were at `Orchid World` in Barbados surrounded by 30,000 plants in the gardens - if you are interested in Orchids I cannot think of anywhere else to see such a varied and fabulous display. Start saving!!
PS Dove, have you sown our Tomato seeds yet? Only 7 days for me!!!