Amaranthus ‘Velvet Curtains‘
Dark red upright plumes of dark crimson red seed heads. Amaranthus ‘Velvet Curtains’ is an exotic looking addition to your cut flower garden.
I absolutely love Amaranthus growing lots of it for Late Summer and Autumn Weddings. It is the perfect vase filler to compliment Dahlia’s giving drama to both bouquets and table arrangements.
Perfect for the beginner gardener Amaranthus is easy to grow and provide excellent as garden or allotment decoration. Amaranthus ‘Velvet Curtains’ has won an AGM (Award of Garden Merit) from the RHS
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. Sow under cover in mid spring and plant out after the last frosts, or direct sow early May… For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Amaranthus cruentus
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Germination: Up to 30 days
Height: 100 cm
Harvest: June/July onwards
Seeds per packet: 275 (approx counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Pick when colourful seed heads have emerged straight into buckets of water and leave to rest preferably overnight this is called conditioning. Removing most of the foliage reduce the risk of wilting and at the same time reveal the colorful spires and tails, are more visible.