Splendens Perfecta Amaranth
Splendens Perfecta Amaranth, also known as Summer Poinsettia, Joseph's Coat, and even Chinese Spinach. Amaranths are grown for their distinctive foliage. Plants are a foot and a half tall and covered with large, color-changing leaves. Foliage presents a splendid tricolor effect of yellow, green, and red-colored bracts.
Germination: 10-15 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-75ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and lightly cover
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-75ºF soil temperature. Transplant apart after the last frost, 12-18” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Starting around the last frost date, sow lightly and thin to 6-8” apart. Sow again in midsummer for late-season blooms
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Height and Width: 18-24" x 12-18"
Spacing: 12-18" apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Splendens Perfecta Amaranth needs average to fertile, well-drained soil
Approximate days to flower from seed: 60-75 days
Uses: Flower beds, containers, accent plant
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend soil with compost before transplanting. Pinch to encourage branching. Water during dry periods.