Gomphrena haageana 'Strawberry Fields'
|'Strawberry Fields' |
One of the few annuals I start every year. They mix very nicely into the perennial garden or patio pots. Compared to many other annuals, they take a bit longer to get going in the garden, and never attain much bulk - so they are better as filler than as the main attraction. The variety we grow is the popular 'Strawberry Fields', with vibrant red flowers. Only recently did I learn that this is a different species from other globe amaranths we've grown, which are classified as G. globosa. In my experience, haageana has strappier leaves, more upright growth, and slightly larger flowers.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|cheryl wilson||Apr 25, 2006||I started growing this plant in 2004 - i bought a couple of plants from my local nursery and they just took off. Last year, they came back from the roots as well as the seed that just naturally fell off. I have them growing right by the public sidewalk in front of my house and each time i'm outside, i have at least one person stop and say "what are those red flowers? they are gorgeous!" i live in austin, tx, so it's important to have plants that are both heat and drought resistant - and this fits both of those needs.|
|Kay Lastinger||Oct 08, 2006||Do you know where I can purchase the red variety of globe amaranth Thank you|
Seeds are easy to come by (I have some on my trade list right now, but many suppliers sell them). Annual plants are harder to find, I'd try your better local nursery greenhouse come spring.
|Karen Meyers||Nov 16, 2008||I collected seed from summer 07 and summer 08. How long is the seed viable?
Certainly two or three years.
|Irma.Morr@gmail.com||Jan 18, 2009||I wanted to grow a whole field of the strawberry field flower on our property near Bendigo. Victoria Australia. Do you think it can be done?|
I guess it could. You'd need a LOT of plants, and there wouldn't be much to look at early on in the season (although I don't know how far the season would be extended in your climate).
|Chris Orr||May 04, 2009||I planted some of this very same variety this year, and about half the seeds I planted have sprouted thus far. I was just wondering how many flower stalks I can expect per plant, and how full this plant gets. I'm more or less trying to have little to no visable ground with as many red flowers as I can pack in. Any info regarding the size and shape of this plant would be appreciated.|
In my experience (and going by memory, which can be dangerous), Strawberry Fields grows taller than it is wide. For a full effect I would plant no more than 8" apart. It's possible that some judicious pruning/pinching early in the season would produce a fuller plant.
|Betsy King||Oct 08, 2009||We planted this annual in a pot and it came back the next year. Not from seed, but it sprouted new leaves from the old plant we never pulled up. Now it is seeding itself throughout the yard. What a cute plant. I love it - one of my favorites!|
|trish overton||Oct 14, 2009||Could I plant some seeds in a pot indoors now. I live in southwestern Indiana and I'd love to have one ready to put outside next spring.|
Now (mid-October) would be way too early. I start mine in early to mid March, which is early enough to have flowers by summer.
|JoEllen Blissit||Oct 13, 2013||I bought this as a plant from a local nursery that is well respected in the surrounding area (I live in Norman, OK). I had seen it there a few years ago and regretted not picking it up at that time; then I didn't see it again for 4-5 years. When I saw it this year, I grabbed it and set it out near my patio. It has been a show-stopper ever since. It has spread and also is tall, as others have said. I suspect it will come back from roots, if we have a typical winter that is not unusually harsh. But if not, there should be seeds aplenty and I plan to gather some. I open my shutters wide and see this plant just below my breakfast room window. Looking at this plant, with its bright red tops stretched heavenward, makes me smile with happiness. What a garden treat. I only hope it continues to be available as a plant because seeing it in a nursery is more apt to encourage growers to try it - and this one needs to be growing. It reminds me of the lyrics, "Strawberry fields forever."
- Started in germinating gel, 75F (16%G)
- Seed from garden. Celltray, 75F (no G)
- New seed from Pinetree. Baggy 70F with light (100%G, 12-14d)
- Same seed as '03. Baggy 70F, no light (75%G, 8-13d)
- Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (100%G, 4-7d)
- Seed for 'Professor Plum' from '05 trade. Baggy 70F (80%G, 8-12d)
- Seed for 'Professor Plum' from '05 trade. Baggy 70F (55%G, 8-11d)
Seed for 'Strawberry Fields' from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (100%G, 8-13d)
- Seed for 'Strawberry Fields' from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (79%G, 8-15d)
- Seed for 'Strawberry Fields' from '10 garden. Baggy 70F (93%G, 5-10d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (93%G, 5-8d)
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