Amaranthus ‘Red Cascade’
Amaranthus caudatus ‘Love Lies Bleeding’
So dramatic, Amaranthus caudatus ‘Red Cascade’ will turn your centrepiece into a ‘showstopper’!
The tails of vibrant red 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 favorite 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.
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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.