Annuals forum: Globe amaranth (Gomphrena)

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Feb 28, 2017 7:02 AM CST
Who grows this? I want to try it this spring but I have a question about sowing it. The package of seeds I have says to sow indoors 8 weeks before the last frost.

Is this necessary? I imagine that with 8 weeks indoors it would get pretty tall.

If it's accurate I need to sow it this week...
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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 28, 2017 2:56 PM CST
I have not grown these. They atttracted my attention while I was browsing through the seeds at a store. The shape really appealed to me but I put the packet back. I think they would look great with a mixed border. I may still try them this year.
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Feb 28, 2017 4:29 PM CST
What date is 8 weeks out from your last frost? Are you going to start them that early?
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 1, 2017 10:36 AM CST
I wintersowed them some years ago. Using that method, they didn't bloom until late in the summer as I remember.

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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Mar 1, 2017 8:15 PM CST
I w/s mine too and direct sow some. Blooms about mid summer for me. I love them and so do the butterflies!
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
Om shanti om.
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 1, 2017 8:22 PM CST
What cultivars or colors do you all grow?
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 1, 2017 8:39 PM CST
I grew red and purple.

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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Mar 1, 2017 8:43 PM CST
I bought purple to try and from some trades I have red, and light pink, one marked orange, one marked carmine and one marked salmon.
Last year was a lavender color.
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Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Mar 31, 2017 6:57 PM CST
I grew the carmine rose last season. I winter sowed it. Planted seedlings in may, by June I had more blooms than I could count. They lasted until November for me. This year, strawberry fields, orange and salmon.
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 5, 2017 11:29 PM CST
Well, a bit of an update. About two weeks ago I planted several small flats of these and they're the only seeds which did not sprout. Everything else I planted (tomatoes, peppers, dahlias, zinnias, marigolds, etc) all sprouted. No idea what went wrong. I have some seeds remaining so I'll probably direct sow them next month after frost.
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