Seeds - Amaranth, Elephant Head OG


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Description: Love something dramatic? This gorgeous heirloom amaranth has unusually large seed-heads in late summer, enjoyed by both birds and humans as a source of food. 

Pack Size: 300 seeds

Latin Name: Amaranthus gangeticus
Alternative Names: 
Main Uses: Ornamental, Culinary
Zone Hardiness: Annual (reseeding) 
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 30 - 150 cm (1 - 5 feet, depending on soil fertility)
Flower Color: Deep red
Flowering Time: Summer

Germination: 7 - 14 days at 21°C.
Sowing:  Indoors 4 - 6 weeks before last frost. 2 - 3 seeds per cell. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from 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 seedling are established and 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: May require staking.

Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.

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