Long lasting flowers and a graceful hanging form are but two of the characteristics of
Amaranthus caudatus or Amaranthus paniculatus, both commonly called
hanging amaranthus. Several slender flower spikes arch fluidly form each main
flower head, cascading downward as much as two feet!
These ropelike flowers have a vase life potential of up to 14 days and
are suitable for drying.
Peak season, June through October
-Process all flowers by first removing all leaves as they discolor &
die long before the flowers.
-Treat with a citric acid hydration solution & place in tall buckets with
floral food. Be sure to hang the flowers outside the bucket & don’t
let them touch the cooler floor or damage may result-
-Store in a 36-40 degree F cooler with 85 % humidity & good air
circulation to prevent botrytis mold.
-Avoid stems that have brittle or stiff hanging flowers-a sure sign
of excessive age or improper shipping conditions.
-Use hanging amaranthus in designs to drape over the edge of a
tall container. This increases vertical line & visual impact.
-Add amaranthus to garden-styled cascade bridal bouquets for
graceful movement and gentle line. Wire and tape short individual
lengths of amaranthus, adding to corsages & boutonnieres for a
high style look.
-Dry amaranthus by laying it on a screen. Place the hanging spikes
in he desired drying position and place in a low-humidity area away
from bright light. When completely dry (approx. 2-3 weeks), treat
with a spray sealant to prevent moisture damage and to prevent
the many small seeds from shattering.
Bill McKinley AIFD,