An Alameda Garden: Propagation Month, Day 29: Sowing Amaranth Seeds

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Propagation Month, Day 29: Sowing Amaranth Seeds

Last year I bought an amaranth plant. I can't remember what kind it was, but it was sold as an edible. It never got more than about 18 inches high, but it had great red leaves and tassel-like flowers. It also re-seeded freely and I've got a number of new sprouts already growing.

But I got some seeds a couple years ago for the old-fashioned Amaranthus caudatus, better known as Love Lies Bleeding. I tried sowing them but nothing came up, and once again I'm suspecting that it's because I didn't keep them watered well enough. So I'm giving it another try. I'm planting them against the south fence, where I think they'll get enough sun. The seeds are very tiny and I sprinkled them about with a pretty liberal hand. Hopefully, something will grow. I love that this plant is both ornamental and edible. Double-duty is a very noble thing for a plant to do.

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  1. Propagating seedlings implies essentially developing seeds and developing the seedlings until they are sufficiently enormous to be planted into a greater pot, or specifically into the ground. You may ask why individuals pay for seedlings and don't take care of business themselves, yet engendering seeds is the most fiddly bit of developing plants and needs genuinely particular conditions (heaps of light and warmth) so not everybody has the space or the persistence to do it.


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