Amaranthus caudatus gibbosus
Dreadlocks have wooly-textured ropes of flowers that drape nearly to the ground. Favorite ornamental and edible plants in the garden. A great presence in arrangements. Most effective as a cut flower in arrangements, a good pot-plant and, not often appreciated – if carefully dried, the color of the spikes remains unchanged for a considerable time. Like all amaranths, both the fresh young leaves and mature seeds are nutritional powerhouses. Pinching out the center bud is recommended for optimum branching.
Sowing: Sow 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Barely cover the seed. Bottom water or mist to avoid covering seeds with displaced soil. Harden off by growing at 62-65°F (17-18°C) and transplant outside after the last frost. Direct sow: After the last frost, sow thinly, barely covering the seed. When seedlings have first true leaves, thin to 12-15″ apart.