Consider planting two or three of these stunning amaranthus plants for an exceptional border and a beautiful addition to your vase arrangements. They complement dahlias wonderfully.
The vibrant hues and unique flower tassels of these plants will add a touch of exotic beauty to your garden during late summer and autumn.
To encourage branching and maximize growth, pinch the growing tip and ensure regular harvesting. Additionally, these plants are highly resilient to heat and drought but may require staking for support.
How to Grow
Home gardeners can enjoy love lies bleeding in full sun locations with average to organically rich, moist, well-draining soil. The ideal pH is 6.4 to 8.5, although plants are often tolerant of higher alkalinity or acidity.
A. caudatus can tolerate part shade, particularly in hotter regions, but for the most vibrant flower color, full sun is best.
Skip the fertilizer. It is unnecessary, and remember, excess nitrogen may render the leaves toxic and inedible.
Provide one inch of water per week, including rain. Once established, plants have above-average drought tolerance, but keeping the soil moist contributes to their best health and most vibrant color.
Pruning and Maintenance
If the plant stalks become floppy during the growing season, provide support as needed with bamboo or similar garden stakes.
Prune any damaged or diseased plant material off with clean shears to avoid penetration by opportunistic pests and pathogens.
At season’s end, you can harvest the seeds for eating or planting, or make a bouquet of stalks and hang them upside-down in a cool, dry location for several weeks. When they are completely dry, use them in everlasting floral arrangements.
Alternatively, dig the plants out of the ground and compost them to rid the garden of rotting foliage that may attract pests and diseases.