Mr Fothergills - Flower - Amaranthus - Autumn Palette - 750 Seeds
Amaranthus - Autumn Palette
This is an unusual, easy to grow hardy annual with large, 'fluffy' flower spikes that go on to provide welcome seed for birds in autumn. It can simply be sown where it is to flower and offers excellent summer screening cover for wildlife and is also superb for cutting. The plants grow to the height of 120cm.
Sow outdoors from March to May, where they are to flower, 0.5cm deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days. Thin seedlings to 15cm apart. Water well until plants are established and keep weed free. Or sow indoors, February-April, 0.5cm deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 10-15°C is ideal. Keep moist. Transplant seedlings, 5cm apart, to other trays when large enough to handle. Always handle by a leaf and never by the stem. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions, before planting out, May to June, 15cm apart, when frosts are over. Flowers from June to October.