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Amaranthus 'Love-lies-bleeding'

Amaranthus caudatus 'Love-lies-bleeding'

A beautiful statement plant. The botanical name of Love-Lies-Bleeding derives from Greek meaning “unfading flower”. The flowers are very long lasting cut flowers and they can be easily dried. It is grown primarily as a leaf vegetable, but its protein-rich seeds can also be ground into a nutritious flour.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest leaves throughout spring, summer and autumn. Collect seeds by shaking seedheads over an open dish. For fresh flower arrangements, cut amaranths when three quarters of the flowers are open on the stem. They will last 7 to 10 days in a vase.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed directly outdoors after last frost, or indoors 8 to 10 weeks before last frost. Sowing time best Spring/Summer. Sowing depth - 6 mm, Germination time is 5 - 12 days.

Geography

Origin
Africa, India and Peru
Natural climate
Warm to hot

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

culinary
Leaves are used as green vegetable and the grains make a lovely flour.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Amaranthaceae
Flower colour
Red, Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Scent
Mild

Problems

Suceptible to snails and slugs. Also keep an eye out for aphids. Root rot may occur in poorly drained soils. The viruses, aster yellows and fungal leaf spot diseases may occur in very wet conditions.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

Companion plants

Beetroot, onions, sweetcorn, tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes

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