Celosia cristata is common in most gardens. The following account is inserted, to give some idea of what may be done by artificial means. "Mr. Knight, in October, 1820, sent to the London Horticultural Society a Cockscomb, the flower of which measured eighteen inches in width and seven in height, from the top of the stalk; it was thick and full, and of a most intense purple-red. To produce this, the great object was to retard the protrusion of the flower-stalk, that it might become of great strength. The compost employed was of the most nutritive and stimulating kind, consisting of one part of unfer-mented horse-dung, fresh from the stable, and without litter, one part of burnt turf, one part of decayed leaves, and two parts of green turf, the latter being in lumps of about an inch in diameter, in order to keep the mass so hollow that the water might escape and the air enter. The seeds were sown in the spring, rather late, and the plants put first into pots of four inches diameter, and then transplanted to others a foot in diameter; the object being not to compress the roots, as that has a tendency to accelerate the flowering of all vegetables. The plants were placed within a few inches of the glass, in a heat of from 70° to 100°; they were watered with pigeon-dung water, and due attention paid to remove the side branches when very young, so as to produce one strong head or flower."
The color of the scarlet varieties is highly brilliant. None of the other colors are so rich. The yellows are generally rather dull - some of them dirty-looking. The scarlets and crimsons are the only colors that look well. There are the tall and dwarf varieties, and some that are somewhat branching; but these last should be rejected. To produce fine combs the soil cannot be made too rich; the plants must also be forwarded in a hot-bed. Very showy plants can be raised by sowing the seed in the open ground in May, but they cannot be raised in perfection.