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Amaranthus

amaranthusAmaranthus caudatus ‘Coral Fountain’

Colour: Coral, pink, deep pink.

Height: Up to 1m

To purchase seeds from this variety please visit our online shop - thank you.

A cut flower garden without Amaranthus would be akin to being all dressed up for the ball – without the jewels.  It’s adds the most exquisite finishing touches to bouquets and arrangements. It’s in a thousand Pinterest inspiration images that come into my inbox.  It longs to be included, to be different - to make the viewer go ‘wow’.  It’s my ‘secret’ floral weapon when I want to impress and stand out from the usual floral offerings.  Their beautiful trailing, tassels can be dried to add to Christmas decorations that will be the envy of all!

Seeds can be purchased over at our online shop….

I chose ‘Coral Fountain’ for our Seed stories collection as opposed to the more common maroon red ‘Love lies Bleeding’ because the colour is softer and more versatile and ... just beautiful.

It is very easy to grow – once you note the few tips in the growing section below.

Sowing: 

Sow seeds indoors from March – April onwards.  Sow into seed compost and lightly cover the seeds. Amaranthus is not cold tolerant so keep the seed tray warm by either using bottom heat or placing the tray in a warm, sunny position.  

Please note that seeds are TINY and it is important that you do not over seed as it will only lead to overcrowding in the seedling department and promote a condition called ‘damping off’ which causes the baby seedlings to collapse and die.  Please see the ‘general growing guide’ for more info on this.

Transplant: 

Seedlings can be pricked out of their seed tray as soon as they are big and strong enough to handle. They can then be further transplanted into their permanent position once they have developed a strong, healthy root system.

Amaranthus is not a cool – hardy plant so you must wait until all danger of frost has passed (mid to late May) before planting outdoors. 

Care:

Once the baby plants are gaining height it is a good idea to pinch the tops off (I like to remove about a third of the top growth, back to a leaf node) to encourage more uniform branching. Crop support is strongly recommended to keep the plant upright – otherwise it may topple, bend or break under the weight of its glorious, long flowing tassels. 

Harvesting:

Amaranthus can be harvested at any stage – but the longer you leave the flowers the longer their beautiful, trailing tassels will grow.  This can lead to some impatience at the beginning of their flowering season (July – August from a March sowing) as you long to include their unusual trailing offerings in arrangements.  So, my advice is cut a few whenever you require as it won’t be long before each plant is producing a mass of beauties for you to harvest.

Trailing stems can be dried by either hanging them or simply placing them in an empty bucket somewhere cool and dry.