Amaranth, Coral Fountain (Organic)
Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 65 days.
Coral Fountain Amaranth is similar to the beloved Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth, with its long flowing pendulum type flower heads, but the flowers are a lovely coral-peach color instead of magenta. Plants grow 4-5′ tall with flowers reaching downward to the ground. Makes a great cut flower and also works well in dry arrangements. Combine with Love Lies Bleeding and Green Tails for a rainbow of cascading tassels. Like most A. caudatus species, Coral Fountain yields a delicious edible golden seed that is high in protein. Aka, Coral Fountains.
Sow in pots indoors in April for planting out in May, or direct sow after danger of frost. 12–18″ spacing. Harvest for greens at any time; harvest grain when seeds rub off easily in your hand, but before seed head is crispy dry. Windrow or hang over a tarp to dry for several days, then dance, rub, or shake seeds from seed heads. For larger crops, place dry plants on a tarp and drive on it with a vehicle. Winnow to clean or place seeds in a bowl and make a stirring motion with your arm; chaff rises to the top for easy removal.
For seed saving, isolate from other amaranths of the same species by 1⁄4 mile.