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(Plant heights are given at maturity)
Alternantheras are tender, low growing spreading plants most often used
for bedding or borders. Native to South America, the plants
belong to the Amaranth family (Amaranthacaeae).
Propagation is done by sowing seed, by taking cuttings, or by root
division. Seed should be sown in a soiless mix (1 part sphagnum
peat to 1 part sand) in pots, trays or prepared beds. Temperature
should be maintained at above 65F until germination. Seedlings
can then be transplanted to larger containers, or outdoors temperatures
remain above 65F. To propagate from cuttings, remove the tips of
the shoots and insert into sand or sandy soil in pots, trays or
prepared beds in a greenhouse (in cooler climates) or outdoors in early
spring when the temperatures remain above 65F. Keep planting
medium moist, but not soggy. When rooted, the seedlings may be
transplanted to larger containers or outdoors (if outdoor temperatures
remain 65F or above). To propagate by root division, dig existing
plants, pry the roots apart into several smaller plants and transplant
into containers, or outdoors in a prepared bed.
Plants can be sheared in the summer to maintain compact growth.
- Alternanthera dentata - Annual - Foliage plant with deep purple
for use in bedding or containers. Spreads to 30 inches.
sun or Partial shade; height: 16in.
|#3260 Packet $4.50
Approximately 20 seeds
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