Characteristics and maintenance of the feathery trellis

Cecilia blooms in summer

The feathery network It is a beautiful herbaceous plant with an annual cycle (that is, it germinates, grows, flowers and bears fruit and then dries up in one year) widely used to decorate gardens, terraces and balconies for a few months.

To have it beautiful and to be able to enjoy it, we invite you to read this article in which We will tell you about its features and what care it needs.

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How is it?

Celosia plumosa is an annual plant

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our protagonist it is an annual herbaceous plant native to tropical America whose scientific name is Celosia argentea var. feathery. It is popularly known as plumage lattice, silver lacewing, or feathery pigweed. It reaches a height of between 20 and 80 cm, depending on the variety.

Its leaves are simple, lanceolate, with well marked veins, and measure 3 to 5 cm long. The flowers, which bloom in summer-autumn, are grouped in erect, dense, feathery inflorescences of red, pink, orange or yellow color.

What is the care of thecelosia plumosa?

The network is annual

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If you wish to obtain a copy, we recommend that you provide the following care:

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It is a plant that it must be outside, in the sun, so that it can produce its flowers in good health. Since it is small, it looks great in pots placed on tables, balconies, etc. ; although many joints are also usually planted in one corner of the garden, creating a dramatic effect.

the trellis it’s not insideAlthough if you have a room that gets lots of natural light then yes you could have it.


The network has curious flowers

Must be frequent, mainly in summer. It is necessary to water every 2 days during the summer season and a little less the rest of the year. Of course, avoid waterlogging as much as possible: if you grow it in a pot with a plate underneath, always remember to remove the remaining water after 30 minutes, otherwise its roots will rot and die.

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Likewise, it is important not to wet the aerial part, that is, the leaves or the flowers, as they could burn in the sun or attract the fungi, which would kill them in a short time.


It depends on where you want to grow it:

  • flower pot: use a universal growing medium, if possible mixed with 30% perlite or similar so that the drainage is good.
  • court: in case you want to have it in the ground, know that it grows well in all types of soil as long as it is well drained.


Celosia is a fast growing plant

During flowering it is advisable to pay with liquid organic fertilizer, such as guano (on sale here). Another option is to pay it with specific fertilizers for flowering plants (on sale here).

In all cases, the instructions specified on the product packaging should be followed to minimize the risk of overdose.

planting time

The ideal time to plant it in the garden or to transfer your trellis plant to a larger pot is in springwhen the minimum temperature is at least 18 degrees Celsius.


Thecelosia flower is small

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It propagates by seed in the spring. (You can also in mid/late winter if you have a greenhouse or an electric sprouter). To do this, you need to follow this step by step:

  1. First, the seedbed (pot, seed trays, yoghurt or milk pots in which you have made a small hole in the bottom,…) is filled with universal substrate (on sale here).
  2. Then it is dutifully watered, plentifully soaking the entire soil.
  3. Then the seeds are placed on the surface, trying to move them as far apart as possible.
  4. They are then covered with a thin layer of substrate.
  5. Finally, it is watered again, this time with a sprayer to just moisten the topmost layer of soil you added, and the seedbed is placed outdoors in full sun.

Keep the substrate moist (you can do this by placing a plate or tray under the seedbed and filling it with water whenever you see the soil starting to dry out). This way, they will germinate in about 10 to 15 days.

Plagues and diseases

The network is growing fast

It’s pretty solid, but it usually has problems with mites and powdery mildew. The first is treated with an acaricide (on sale here), and the second with a fungicide (on sale here) and by controlling the risks.

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Additionally, it is also important that during the rainy season you watch for snails, as they tend to eat the leaves.


Does not tolerate cold or frost. Indeed, being annual, it is normal that after flowering its leaves begin to wither. To extend its life a bit, what can be done is to cut the flowers just when you see them starting to look ugly.

The plant begins to die when the temperature reaches 10 degrees Celsius.

What uses does it have?

Celosia plumosa in the garden

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The feather network can be kept in a pot to decorate the patio, balcony or terrace, or in the garden as a solid plant, for example. As we have seen, it is quite easy to maintain, so it is suitable for beginners or for those who want color without getting too complicated.

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