Amaranthus ‘Green Cascade’
Amaranthus caudatus ‘viridis’
Probably my favourite, certainly the most useful in terms of colour, Amaranthus ‘Green Cascade’ is the perfect foliage filler.
The tails of soft green seed heads look like ropes of flowers, they are the perfect to compliment the Dahlias which flower at the same time.
Amaranthus comes in many colours, you can find more of my favourites varieties here in the seed shop, I personally think they look ‘even better’ when colours are layered in the vase giving depth and interest.
How to Grow:
Don’t start Amaranthus too early, these plants cannot be planted until all risk of frost has passed.
Seeds will benefit from ‘a bit of warmth’ to germinate, 20-22°C is ideal.
Seeds need light for germination, don’t cover them in compost.
As seedlings emerge, you will notice the stems and leaves are coloured and this can confuse you slightly in the case of Amaranthus ‘caudatus’ Green Cascade. There will be reddish markings on the leaves. don’t worry this is completely natural and the tassels will be the green colour you were expecting.
For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow-A-Long’ on Instagram and for busy gardeners you can now plan ahead with our Spring Grow-A-Long Handbook
Variety: Amaranthus caudatus
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Plants require full sun
Height: 90-110 cm
Spacing: 22-30cm apart
Harvest: July onwards
Seeds per packet: 400 (approx. counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Pick when colourful seed heads have emerged and have started to elongate, stems will feel firmer to the touch.
Place straight into buckets of water and leave to rest preferably overnight, this is called conditioning. Removing foliage will help reduce the risk of wilting as well as revealing more of the colourful spires and tails.