AMARANTHUS OESCHBERG SEEDS RARE EDIBLE BEAUTY! A FOUNTAIN OF COLOUR!. $2.30 $2.20

IS YOUR GARDEN UNDER ATTACK OR IS IT JUST THIS AMAZING PLANT?! LOOKING LIKE A HUGE OCTOPUS ABOUT TO DEVOUR YOUR DAISIES, THIS IS A TRUE TALKING POINT AND WE ARE VERY LUCKY INDEED TO GET THE SEEDS! AMARANTHUS OESCHBERG!

Description
Aubergine leaves and branched flower spikes smoulder among flowers of dark red and chartreuse green in your garden. An Award of Garden Merit honours this full, long blooming selection. Beautiful and useful too; the young plants can be harvested as salad greens, and the nutritious seeds mature in late summer to feed you and local birds! Self-sows for next season!

Oeschberg is an amazing deep purple-red amaranth with an upright growth habit. Seed heads are very highly branched and hold their colour longer than other varieties, making it great for flower arrangements.

Leaves and seeds are edible. Leaves are good for a heat resistant salad green when young, red colour develops early.

Grow Notes
Growing to between 100-120cm, plant in free draining rich, moist soil in sun for the best flowers. Preparing garden beds with well composted manure will give the best results.

Amaranthus seeds can be either sown in pots or directly where they are to flower. They are susceptible to frost so be sure to sow only after the last chance of frost has past and the soil has warmed a little.

Mulch plants to keep the shallow roots cool in summer. For an extra-long flowering season, remove spent blooms and feed with liquid fertiliser.

Sow
Small seeds, sow at a depth of 3mm or mix with fine grains of sand if needed to aid distribution of seeds. Can be sown direct or raised as seedlings.

Plant in Spring at 60cm spacing. Water seedlings regularly until established and continue to provide water especially during dry spells.

Germination
7-10 days @ 20-25°C

Maturity
100 days to Maturity.

 

Pic attributed to Jackie Dee.

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