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Amaranthus, Love Lies Bleeding
Brilliant red seed heads dangle liker rubies.
HEIRLOOM. Brilliant red seed heads dangle like shimmering ruby necklaces from the tops of sturdy, 3-5 ft. plants. With long-lasting color, they're great in arrangements, fresh-cut or dried. Amaranthus needs heat and a long season. Start in containers and set out 6-week plants after frost. The tiny seeds take 2 weeks to sprout.
Sow in ordinary garden soil in a sunny area after danger of frost. Sow seeds evenly and thinly in rows 18-24" apart and cover with of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
How to Grow
Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions. THIN seedlings to stand 18" apart when plants are 1" high. Transplant hardened-off seedlings after all danger of frost and when night temperatures remain above 50°F.
Plant amaranthus along a fence or a wall as a hedge. Use love-lies-bleeding flowers in dried floral arrangements for a striking effect.