Amaranthus ‘Green Cascade’
Amaranthus caudatus ‘viridis’
Probably my favourite, certainly the most useful in terms of colour, Amaranthus ‘Green Cascade’ is the perfect foliage filler.
The tails of soft green seed heads look like ropes of flowers and are perfect to support the Dahlias and flowering at exactly the same time later in Summer and Autumn.
I personally think they look ‘even better’ when colours are layered in the vase giving depth and interest.
You can ‘pinch plants’ to increase the yield of smaller more usable stems or plant them ‘unpinched’ for dramatic garden display – the choice is yours, experiment ‘try both’!
Amaranthus comes in many colours, and you can find more of my favourites listed here in the Spring seed shop!
How to grow:
Don’t start Amaranthus too early, these half hardy plants cannot be planted until all risk of frost has passed. I sow mine under cover in spring and plant out after the last frosts, or direct sow early May.
Seeds will benefit from ‘a bit of warmth’ to germinate, 20-22°C is ideal.
Perfect for the beginner gardener Amaranthus is easy to grow and provide excellent as garden decoration.
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Variety: Amaranthus caudatus ‘viridis’
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Germination: Up to 30 days
Pinching: Pinch to encourage branching and more usable stems
Height: 100 cm
Harvest: June/July onwards
Seeds per packet: 445 (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 most of the foliage will reduce the risk of wilting and at the same time reveal more of the colourful spires and tails.