Green Tails Amaranth Seeds

Green Tails Amaranth Seeds

SKU: FL2074
Luxurious, drooping, pale chartreuse green tassels retain their colour well after picking. Green Tails amaranth seeds produce relatively tall plants that can reach of 120cm (48"). Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Season Warm season

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Amaranthus tricolor. Luxurious, drooping, pale chartreuse green tassels retain their colour well after picking. Green Tails amaranth seeds produce relatively tall plants that can reach of 120cm (48"). Young leaves are tasty and nutritious, but it is usually grown as an annual flower. The pendant flowers look amazing alongside any white or red flowers in a bouquet. Green Tails ornamental Amaranth looks spectacular planted among the red Amaranth varieties. Grow Green Tails Amaranth in large containers or any sunny spot with good drainage. It blooms from mid- to late summer and its seeds are easy to collect for saving and planting next year.

Annual

Quick Facts:

    • Luxurious, drooping, chartreuse tassels
    • Young leaves are tasty and nutritious
    • Excellent cut flowers
    • Grows to heights of 120cm (48")

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All About Green Tails Amaranth Seeds

Latin

Latin
Amaranthus sp. (Many species are edible).
Family: Amaranthaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy.

We Recommend:

We Recommend: Burgundy Grain Amaranth (MU551). This variety has very tasty, nutritious immature leaves, but can also be grown to produce grain – and it is very productive in this respect.

Season:

Season: Warm season. Amaranth is very much a summer crop.
Exposure: Full sun. Amaranth needs a nice hot summer for its entire growth period of 40-50 days.

Timing

Timing
Direct sow in late spring, once night time temperatures are steadily above 10°C (50°F). Optimal soil temperature for germination: 18-24°C (65-75°F).

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 5mm (¼”) deep in well drained soil in full sun. Seeds should germinate in 4 to 10 days. Thin seedlings to 25-35cm (10-14″) apart in rows 50cm (20″) apart.

Days to Maturity

Days to Maturity
From direct sowing.

Growing

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-7.5. Keep moist until germinated, and then simply keep the area weeded.

Harvest

Harvest
Pick baby or mature greens as needed. Simply cut them with scissors as one would with mescluns. The leaves have an appealing, nutty flavour. If growing for seed, choose A. hypochondriacus and provide ample spacing. Seed will ripen in late summer or early fall. Watch for birds visiting the plants. Rub the flower heads between your hands over a bucket or tray. Doing this into paper yard waste bags works well. If the seeds do not fall easily, leave the plants for one more week and try again.

Seed Info

Seed Info
In optimum conditions at least 70% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 1.5M seeds, per acre: 392M seeds.

Diseases & Pests

Diseases & Pests
Watch for slug/snail damage to young plants. Amaranth is not prone to pest damage.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting
Plant with corn to shade the soil and retain water. Amaranth attracts beneficial predatory ground beetles.

More on Companion Planting.

How to Grow Cauliflower

Step 1: Timing

Start indoors four weeks before the last frost to late spring. Transplant in 5-6 weeks. Direct seed when temperatures are reliably above 10°C (50°F). Overwintering types are started in July where winters are mild, and transplanted by mid-August. Optimal soil temperature: 10-30°C (50-85°F). Seeds should germinate in 7-10 days.

Step 2: Starting

Sow 3-4 seeds 5mm (¼”) deep in each spot you want a plant to grow. Thin to the strongest plant. Space transplants 45-60cm (18-24″) apart in rows 60-90cm (24-36″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8.

Humus-rich soil amended with composted manure is best. Mix ½ cup of complete organic fertilizer into the soil beneath each transplant. From seedling to harvest, cauliflower must grow steadily to make a large plant and curd. If growth slows, scratch additional fertilizer into the surface of the soil around each plant. Maintain even soil moisture with regular watering. Shade the developing curds from sun by tying up leaves or using newspaper. This is known as “blanching,” and will keep them white. Add 20-25 days to the maturity dates if direct sowing.

Step 4: Germination

Days to maturity: From transplant date.

In optimal conditions, at least 80% of seeds should germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 200 seeds, per acre: 44M seeds.

Step 5: Harvest

Once curd forms, check every day and cut when the florets are just beginning to separate. At this point the flavour is at peak quality and the size is maximum.

Tips!

Diseases & Pests: Slugs and snails – Sprinkle broken eggshells around plants to deter.

Cabbage aphids – A hard stream of water can be used to remove aphids from plants early in the day.

Cabbage root maggot – White maggot larvae feed on roots of plants. Damage causes wilting early on, and the death of plants later on.

Flea Beetles – Use row covers to help protect plants from early damage. Put in place at planting and remove before temperatures get too hot in midsummer. Control weeds.

Cabbageworms – Hand-pick and destroy. Row covers may be useful on small plantings to help protect plants from early damage.

Companion Planting: All Brassicas benefit from chamomile, dill, mint, rosemary, and sage. Avoid planting near eggplants, peppers, potatoes, or tomatoes.

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