Amaranth - Garden Basics - Flower - Annual
Attractive clover-like blossoms in shades of pink, purple and white are born on 2 foot stiff stems all summer long. They make an ideal filler for fresh and dried arrangements. They maintain shape and color indefinitely, and will thrive in a hot, dry location.
Seeds should be started indoors at temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees F, eight to ten weeks before the last frost. Soaking the seeds overnight improves germination. Transplant when nights stay above 50 degrees. Plant about 12 inches apart in fertile soil with a sunny location. Deadheading is seldom necessary, but taller varieties may need to be staked. Mildew may be a problem if the plants are stressed by extreme drought.
For dried flowers, cut the stems just before the flowers are in full bloom and hang upside down to dry.
white, pink, purple, lavender, orange, red
neutral pH, dry
cutting bed, border, edging, dried