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Amaranthus caudatus 'Viridis'

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Amaranthus caudatus 'Viridis' Seeds

Amaranthus is a striking foliage plant with beautiful soft green tassels which gradually fade to cream. It’s a native of tropical regions of the world. Here in the UK Amaranthus grows quickly during the summer to produce masses of foliage for cutting and drying. Feed and water well to get the tallest plants... it's worth giving some attention to these plants because a few stems of green Amaranthus in bouquets gives a fresh and vibrant feel. In my view it’s one of the best foliage plants you can grow.

Genus Amaranthus caudatus 'Viridis'
Plant Type Half Hardy Annual
Height & Spread 90cm tall x 60cm (3 feet tall x 2 feet wide)
Sow Seeds Sow indoors in spring - March and April. Sow direct in May when the soil has warmed up and the outdoor temperature is above 15°C.
A spring sowing to flowering usually takes around 12 weeks.
Thin/Plant Out Thin/ Plant out 60cm apart. Provide strong supports to allow the tassels to develop. Grow through sturdy twiggy sticks or netting stretched horizontally.
Conditions Required Amaranthus will grow in most soil conditions. Provide a sunny, well drained, sheltered spot and feed regularly for the tallest plants and best results.
Flower Production Amaranthus flowers from July – October. Keep picking and dead heading to encourage the plants to carry on flowering.
Picking Choose a cool part of the day to pick such as early morning or evening. Remove most of the leaves. Amaranthus lasts 7 -10 days in a vase and can be also be dried for use in floral arrangements by hanging it upside down in a dry dark place.
Planting Combinations The beautiful dramatic green Amaranthus tassels combine well with other colourful annual flowers. They are particularly striking with Sunflowers, Dahlias and Cosmos.

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