Seeds - Amaranth, Love Lies Bleeding OG (F)
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Description: Classic garden flower with cascading burgundy tassels. The ancient grain from Peru was once cultivated by the Incas. Seeds can be harvested and cooked much like quinoa and are very high in protein and iron. Grown for use as cereal and in ancient religious ceremonies. Long red ropelike seed-bearing trusses give plants an ornamental and graceful appearance. Great for long-lasting displays.
Pack Size: 100 seeds
Latin Name: Amaranthus caudatus
Alternative Names: Kiwicha
Main Uses: Ornamental, Culinary
Zone Hardiness: 80 - 100 days
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 75 - 150 cm (30 - 40 inches)
Flower Color: Burgundy
Flowering Time: Summer
Germination: 7 - 14 days at 21°C.
Sowing: Indoors 4 - 6 weeks before the last frost. 2 - 3 seeds per cell. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from the first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant. Not well-suited for direct seeding outdoors.
Planting depth: Lightly cover.
Planting Out: Plant in well-drained fertile soil (garden or container) once seedlings are established and the risk of frost has passed.
Notes: Tolerates poor soils.
Growing in Containers: Not well-suited to containers due to size.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed amended with compost. No additional fertilizer is required.
Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.
Garden Companions: Plant with sweet corn. The leaves of Love-Lies-Bleeding provide shade giving the corn a rich, moist root run. Host to predatory ground beetles. Young leaves are edible.
Special Requirements for Cold Climate Gardeners: Amaranth may require staking.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.