Amaranthus tricolor 'Green Giant'
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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
- 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.
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.
Pinch out growing tip to encourage more side branches to form and keep picking regularly. It is very heat and drought tolerant. Requires staking.