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Amaranth 'Velvet Curtains'   

Amaranthus cruentus

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Belonging to the Amaranthus genus (Amaranthus cruentus 'Velvet Curtains'), Velvet Curtains is a variety of Amaranth. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Boston University Red. Leaves appear approximately as a   Vivid burgundy colour.

purple-burgundy foliage and flower heads

Attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.

This variety is an Flower that typically grows as an Annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Normally reaching to a mature height of 3.90 feet (1.20 metres), Velvet Curtains grows with a erect-like growth habit. This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Velvet Curtains Amaranth is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Velvet Curtains have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Velvet Curtains

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Readily self seed.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Velvet Curtains is thought of as tender, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date. A soil ph of between 5.5 and 7.0 is ideal for Velvet Curtains as it does best in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil.

Growing Velvet Curtains from seed

This seed needs light to germinate so only cover lightly. Seedlings are prone to damping off so ensure good ventilation

Sow at a depth of approx. 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) and aim for a distance of at least 11.89 inches (30.48 cm) between Amaranth plants. Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Velvet Curtains about 28 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Velvet Curtains

Choose a bright sunny spot on good drainage

As Velvet Curtains is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out (around 15°C / 59°F as a guideline) - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Velvet Curtains

Other Names for Amaranth 'Velvet Curtains'

Love-lies-bleeding, Princes’s Feather