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These little gems were a highlight of my zone 6 garden. The blooms were a saturated hue of an unusual orange/red color. I planted the papery seeds as instructed and I think most, if not all germinated. They grew quickly and easily under lights. If you are at all heavy handed when transplanting, as I am, be extra careful with the tender plants. I broke several and rabbits hungered for the rest. The survivors bloomed all summer and through a few light frosts that killed more tender annuals. They needed no additional watering. The photo was taken mid September.
We grew Strawberry Fields this year (summer 2021) to try something different than the standard Amaranth mix (white, purple, pink) from last year. Plants were started early indoors on a sunny window sill. Most seeds sprouted and were transplanted outdoors after last frost in our Zone 6B flower beds. Like the other varieties of Globe Amaranth, they are slower to develop blooms- but they are well worth the wait! Once they start, they continue well into the fall. We amend all beds with a thin layer of mushroom/topsoil mix and feed plants in the beginning of the summer weekly with half-strength all-purpose fertilizer, but I'm not so sure the Globe Amaranth need it. Plants got a bit larger than described, but perhaps this was the case due to the fertilization. They are a fantastic addition to the garden, with blooms that last for weeks. Plants did not wilt despite the intense heat and humidity we had this summer. The color of this variety is unique. We would recommend it and would grow it again.