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Amaranthus, Love Lies Bleeding Seeds

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Brilliant red seed heads dangle like rubies.

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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.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

14-16 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Borders, Dried Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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  • Amaranthus

    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Mar-21
    First Date: May-09 - Last Date: Jun-01

Sowing seed outdoors:

  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of frost.
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds 18 inches apart and cover with fine soil.
  • Firm soil lightly, water and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.

Sowing seed indoors:

  • Sow amaranthus seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost
  • Sow thinly and evenly and cover with fine seed starting formula.
  • Maintain at a temperature around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Transplant after all danger of frost has passed.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.


Transplanting to the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich well drained organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Set plants 18 inches apart in the garden.



  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
  • No fertilizer is needed unless the soil is poor. Do not over fertilize.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.

  • Plant amaranthus along a fence or a wall as a colorful annual hedge.
  • Massed plants can have a great impact.

Full Sun
36-60 inches
14-16 inches
Ornamental Use
Borders, Dried Flowers
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
6 weeks
Flower color
Amaranthus, Love Lies Bleeding is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vibrant flowers I grow these from seeds every year - they are beautiful!
Date published: 2019-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amaranths are Amazing! A delightful plant to grow! easy to start indoors or out (USDA 8A) and grew huge! The original plants sowed self starters by August and they flowered by October! 75% germination rate (indoors w/organic soil) 50% reached maturity (I was lazy with watering during a heat streak) If you are looking for a unique plant to grow that will turn itself into a centerpiece (i recommend a clump of them between some rocks) ---Use these! :)
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing These plants grew beautiful and huge! However, I used a whole package of seeds and planted them in various places. Some only grew a foot tall with little flowers. The huge, beautiful plants grew in full sun. The soil I assume is very rich as it is part of a giant half rotted tree stump. It seemed to take a lot of seeds to get what I wanted, but it was totally worth it! I do live in zone 5 and this year I will try to bring the plant inside for the winter.
Date published: 2013-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to grow I love this unusual plant. If you can get it to grow just leave it in the fall till frost then shake the seed heads or throw a few on the ground where you want them to grow. I always get a few to come up in the spring. I have tried inside but to no avail. They self sow pretty well. I have very cold winters with snow in zone 5.
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from loves lies a bleeding planted full package of seeds followed instructions faithfully.nothing germinated. As summer growth and greenhouse started have had love lies a bleeding 8 feet high in Fairbanks, Alaska
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent early experience Tiny seeds but they all grew in Jiffy peat pots under standard UV light at six inches. Hope to update this summer.
Date published: 2012-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous, Unique, Eyecatcher! I have grown this twice, first time direct sowed in garden and the plants were huge lush with gorgeous long dreadlock like blossoms! Second time I germinated indoors. Germination was close to 100%, with seedlings growing strong and well. Then lost 75% to damping off, I am assuming, as they wilted and died. I had to start all new plantings. According to packaging directions, Love Lies Bleeding does not transplant well and reccommend direct sowing. I took extra care will transplanting and they did very well once in garden, but they have not grown tall, only about 1 foot tall with proportionate blooms. Next year I will direct sow again immediately after last frost date so I will have the tall, gorgeous plants I had before. They are a must have for my garden!
Date published: 2010-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amarathus caudatus Question is "Is it a flower or vegitable" In India where I come from, it is used as a vegitable. But I want to make sure that I am talking about the same plant. It looks like the one I knew and if I can get a bigger picture I can be sure. Many Indians are interested in this as vegitable. Please calrify.
Date published: 2006-06-15
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