Love-lies-bleeding

Did you know? During the Victorian era, specific flowers had different meanings. Love-lies-bleeding stood for hopeless love or hopelessness in the Victorian language of flowers.
Common name : Love-lies-bleeding
Scientific name : Amaranthus caudatus
Family : Amaranthaceae
Category : Annual
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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 8a
Height 100 - 150
pH 7

Identify my love-lies-bleeding

The foxtail amaranth is a perennial cultivated like an annual grow up to 1.5m tall, with green leaves, oblong, 15 cm in length. From July to September it bears pendulous, terminal and axillary panicles of crimson flowers.

Sow my love-lies-bleeding

In April, sow under cover at 20 ┬░ C. In May, sow in open ground. The seeds are very small; also sow as much as possible.

Thin out my love-lies-bleeding

Thinning is unavoidable; keep only one plant every 60 cm.

Plant my love-lies-bleeding

The seedlings sown in buckets are ready to be transplanted as soon as the plant reaches 10 to 15 cm in height, about two months after sowing, and of course after the last frosts. Plant amaranthes in full sun in a well-drained soil, rich in humus, remaining fresh or in partial shade, in finely worked culture beds (spotted, scratched then raked). Once the area is properly prepared, simply make a small hole in the dibble, remove the plant from its bucket, put it in the hole, and compact the soil to put it in contact with the roots. Install the seedlings at a distance of 60 centimeters from each other. Water copiously to facilitate rooting.

Water my love-lies-bleeding

Water seedlings in fine mist, maintaining the soil always moist - if in a pot make sure you use drainage pots. After a few weeks, watering once a week should be fine. Avoid spraying the leaves, especially for plants indoors.

Mulch my love-lies-bleeding

Mulch between the plants a week or two after transplanting, using dried leaves or wood chips (or any other moisture-conserving mulch). This will limit evaporation from the soil, and thus the need to water and to weed.

Propagate my love-lies-bleeding

Amaranthes multiply mainly by sowing, so consider harvesting the seeds in late summer, and sow them in the ground in May.

Remove my love-lies-bleeding

It seems silly to say, but annuals such as amaranth should be removed at the end of the season! For plants with superficial rooting, simply pull on it, with the help of a tool.

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