Amaranthus cruentus 'Hot Biscuits'
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|Sow Under Cover|
|Direct Sow/ Plant Out|
- Half-Hardy Annual
- Cutting Garden
- Broad Tolerance
- June - October, 12 weeks from sowing
- 1.2m (4ft)
- Common name
- Foxtail Amaranthus
- Moist but Well-drained
- Full Sun
- 45cm (18in)
- Start seeds off under cover in spring. Keep warm and moist. Transplant seedlings into individual pots and grow on in cooler conditions and harden off before planting out after the last frosts. May also be sown direct in late spring.
Upright tassled flowers in the richest copper – this is wonderful mixed with dahlias, rich and pale, in the garden and vase.
Amaranthus leaves can be used in stir fries, as you would pak choi. It's also delicious slightly wilted with lemon and garlic, as you might cook spinach.
Pinch out growing tip to encourage more side branches to form and keep picking regularly. It is very heat and drought tolerant. Requires staking.