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Love Lies Bleeding

Amaranth caudatus. Quite the little multi-tasker, Love Lies Bleeding is a magnificent ornamental plant which may also be enjoyed as a salad green like Spinach, or harvested for its grain. Native to India, this ancient heirloom should be direct sown after all threat of frost has passed but may also be started 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting outside. Annual. Summer flowering. Height: 3' to 5' .

Average seed life: 1 year.

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Love Lies Bleeding Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:3/8”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:6”-18”
Days to Germination: 3-10 days
Germination Temperature:60°-80°F

Amaranthus caudatus. Heat-loving, it can be direct-sown outdoors after all danger of frost has passed in warmer areas. In colder areas, it may be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out after the threat of frost has passed. Sow seeds in good seed-starting medium with even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. Prepare bed in full sunlight with rich, well-draining soil. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them to outside conditions for 1 to 2 weeks before transplanting out. When plants are 4" to 8" tall, thin or transplant 6" to 18" apart. Love Lies Bleeding has verdant green foliage and luminous fuchsia-garnet flowers composed on long rope-like stems that appear like thick, cascading dreadlocks. Prized in Victorian gardens, this old-fashioned drama queen puts on a big show. Summer flowering. Height: 3' to 5'.