Amaranthus caudatus

Unique flower heads of red trailing tails. Produces thousands of seeds, there are many newer varieties of amaranthus that are now available

Common Name:Amaranthus
Latin Name:Amaranthus caudatus
Height:Up to 8
Sun Light:Full is best, partial ok
Average Germination:7-21 days
Zones:All, usually grown in spring/summer
Bloom size: up to 5 foot racemes
Colors:Various reds, pinks, green, many variegated leaves
Bloom time: summer till frost
Soil: Medium fertility, loose well drained
Sow:No more than 1/16" deep as the seeds are very small. Keep soil moist and use a slug bait to prevent your seedlings from being eaten in one night
Fertilizer: Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer weekly at 1/2 strength or every two weeks as directed.
When to plant: After all chance of frost has passed
Propagation: Seed. Readily grows from seed
Description: There are many varieties of Amaranthus, used as a grain in many countries this fantastic and unique plant is a must have for every gardener. If you have never grown amaranthus you really do need to give it a try. Excellent for back of borders or a mass planting or even in large pots, the plant is sure to bring up questions by visitors

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