By SUSAN LYNCH
Harm Lynch of Walton Rd Irvine KY grew these massive Cockscomb flowers this year. The Cockscomb is an annual flower that blooms through late summer and early fall is also known as Roostercomb, Wool Flowers and Brain Celosia. A close look or feel of the flower puts the names into perspective. The Cockscomb generally only reach around two feet in height and the blooms average two to five inches in width. Lynch’s largest flower stands a whopping five and a half feet tall with a bloom that spans over two feet wide.
Harm started his flowers from seeds he saved from last year’s Cockscombs.
“I didn’t do anything special really.” Lynch said. “I only used miracle grow on them once. I also pulled all the suckers off and only let one bloom survive to get all the nutrients.” This is the same process people use when growing tomatoes. If you have too many tomatoes on one plant the tomatoes will stay small. But if you pull a few blooms off each plant the tomatoes you grow will be larger.
Lynch grew several Cockscombs this year. Several neighbors and passersby have stopped to ask for seeds. “There should be enough seeds in those seven giant flowers for everyone one in Estill County,” Lynch said. After the Cockscomb dries out there are thousands of tiny black seeds inside. Harm plans on cutting his flowers down in the next few weeks, to let them start the drying process.