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This variety of amaranth self-seeded into our garden, just one plant in 2017 and we were all obsessed. Growing to roughly 5ft, it had great stature and elegance in amongst our dahlias.

In 2018, we found the seed and trialled it again. We picked and picked from it to arrange with almost all colours, soft and bright. It has a great vase life and the young leaves are used as 'Horta' in Greece.

Genus Amaranthus
Group/Species tricolor
Variety Green Giant
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Callaloo, Chinese Spinach
Border Position Back, Container, Middle
Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Clay, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.2m (4ft)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Start seeds off under cover in early spring. Sprinkle onto moist compost, cover thinly and place somewhere bright and warm, seedlings should appear within 2-3 weeks at 20°C. Transplant into individual pots when seedlings are large enough to handle, grow on in cooler conditions and harden off before planting out after the last frosts. May also be sown direct in late spring. Prefers a moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in a sunny but sheltered site.
Care Tips Pinch out growing tip to encourage more side branches to form and keep picking regularly. It is very heat and drought tolerant. Requires staking.
Flowering June - October, 12 weeks from sowing
Vase Life Strip the bottom leaves and sear stem ends in boiling water for 10 seconds
Harvesting Harvest for the vase when the tassels begin to lengthen
Cooking Notes The foliage of this plant is edible – it’s served boiled as ‘Horta’ in Greece, where it’s grown as a salad alternative.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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