Everything You Need to Know About Growing Amaranthus in the Flower Garden
Amaranthus is not
just another pretty face. It turns out this is one plant with a
history, or more specifically a mythology. In Greece Amaranthus was
considered to have healing powers.
is also eaten by people all over the world as a grain, vegetable and
tea. Surprisingly high in many vitamins, its only drawback seems to be
that it inhibits the absorption of calcium in the body.
most of us, it is a beautiful ornamental flower making a statement with
its rich colours, or a persistent yet attractive weed.
makes a great cut flower, growing 3-4 ft/ 91-122 cm tall, and dries
well without losing its brilliant colours.
Amaranthus or Love Lies Bleeding
is the time to sow seed, and it's happiest when 3mm or 1/8 in
into the soil and lightly covered.
that drains well is best to give this plant a bit of air circulation.
patient with the Amaranthus. It will take about 24 days to germinate.
will be happiest if the soil temperature is between 65-75 degrees F/
18-24 degrees C. If the soil temperature drops below this point, use a
little lukewarm water to keep the seed happy.
outside should be planted in late April, early May in full sun with dry
Seedlings can be thinned so that
there is about 2 in / 5 cm distance between each. This will give them a
chance to spread out and become bushier, showing off their foliage and
This plant is popular when in bloom,
so either guard it from your relatives, or transplant enough into packs
that it can be generously distributed.
is generally happier when transplanted, kind of like your teenager who
is happier once they've transplanted themselves into a new
location (not to mention your relief)!
movement should help to speed up and intensify the coloring of the
leaves, making the colors more vibrant faster. Ranging from purple, to
red, to gold, this plant is happy to be useful, but happier to be an
ornament in your garden.
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I mentioned above, keep the soil well drained for this picky plant.
Amaranthus likes things hot and dry and needs to be watched closely for
insects and disease.
over-water this one, as it will not thank you for the extra drinks.
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