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Amaranthus hybrids

 
Amaranthus hybrids
I like this form of 'Opopeo' seedling best. Still a young plant
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Eye-popping 'Hopi Red Dye'
Amaranthus hybrids
'Oeschberg'

Common name amaranth
Family amaranthaceae
Life cycle annual
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature (or slightly warmer)
detailed seed-starting info below

'Opopeo' has upright purple spikes; our seedlings have slightly different forms, some more uniformly colored than others. 'Hopi Red Dye' (A. cruentus x powellii) has burgundy foliage with scarlet plumes. A new favorite this past year was 'Oeschberg', which sports the most brilliant burgundy plumes, arranged almost spirally when young; it also held its foliage and flower color longer than other similarly colored varieties.

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'Oeschberg' contrasting with Melampodium 'Million Gold'
Amaranthus hybrids
A rather different look provided by variety 'Splendens Perfecta'

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: driveway bed, curve garden (back lobe), curve garden (back lobe)

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Hopi Red Dye' from '02/'03 HPS/MAG exchange. 6pak with bottom heat (no G)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light, then to 75F. No G.
  3. Seed for 'Hopi Red Dye' from '04 trade. Baggy 75F (100%G, 1-3d)
  4. Seed for 'Opopeo' from '04 trade. Baggy 75F (100%G, 1-2d)
  5. Seed for 'Oeschberg' from '06 trade. Baggy 75F (42%G, 3-8d)
  6. Seed for 'Oeschberg' from '07 garden. Baggy 75F (56%G, 10-16d)
  7. Seed for 'Splendens Perfecta' from Pine Tree 2013 order. Baggy 70F (11d) - 75F (86%G, 3-5d)
  8. Seed for 'Splendens Perfecta' from Pine Tree 2013 order. Baggy 75F (47%G, 3-8d)

First seed lot apparently not viable, given how easy the subsequent attempts were.


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