How to grow Amaranthus albus

Amaranthus albus grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Amaranthus also known as White Amaranthe, Amaranthus albus annual plant and used as edible plant also used as ornamental plant, grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 2+.

Amaranthus albus edible leaves and flower

Leaves are edible, the color is green in elliptic shape.

Flowers white inflorescence grow on stalk, the seeds are also edible

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How to grow Amaranthus albus growing and care:

Moist, rich soil, mulch, sometimes the plants need support of cane that the plant won’t fall

What is the best way to start growing:
Seedling / Seed (explanation below) / Cutting – cut stem in new growth, if there isn’t growth cut the top of the plant it will induce new growth, after the stem grow cut and put it in moist soil with high humidity care that the soil won’t dry, better not to do it when the plant is bloom and generally not a lot success

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, better to grow from seeds

Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Aggressive, can be invasive

Planting season:
Spring, (in cold area better start growing indoor in the end of the winter than to transfer it outdoor after the last frost), when buy small plant in warm region possible to plant it in the summer

Pests and diseases:
Apids, prodenia, slugs

Pruning season:
Summer / Autumn, possible all year, better after the plant dead or in the spring before the flowers

How to prune:
Recommend to prune the flowers, usually not necessary to prune, but if needed that the plant will be small or more full of stems better to cut in the top of the plant in the spring after the plant establish, care when you prune not too much before flowers.

Size of the plant:
50-100cm, 20-40 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Irrigation water management requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun, can be with less than full sun, it will affect the amount of flowers, although better to prune the colored leaves mostly grow next to the flowers

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a pot / planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container size better to be 5-8 liter (1.5-2 gallon), require average amount of water, it’s to keep the soil moist consider to put mulch and can reduce vaporization of the water, need to take care that the soil well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can use in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?
Summer / Autumn

General information about Love lies bleeding flower:
Red or white small flowers, inflorescence stalk that weeping down

Pollination is done by:
Bees

Edible leaves

When to trim the leaves?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

How to trim Love lies bleeding leaves?
Cut the stems or just leaves from the base

Information about leaves:
Elliptic green leaves

Edible Uses of Amaranthus albus leaves:
Eaten raw, salad, stir fry, cooked

Scientific name:

Amaranthus albus

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