Gomphrena plants are half hardy annuals that reach between 25 and 45 cm (10 to 18 inches) in height.
Gomphrena species bloom from summer through to early autumn and carry globe shaped flowers of violet, red or white.
An example of a commonly grown garden member of this genus is the Globe Amaranth.
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Common Names: Globe Amaranth, Strawberry Fields Globe Amaranth, Bachelor Button.
Life Cycle: Half hardy annual.
Height: 10 to 24 inches (25 to 60 cm).
Native: South and Central America.
If growing globe amaranth from seed outdoors, then sow the seeds following the last frost of spring. Lightly cover the globe amaranth seeds once sown.
Ideally Amaranths should be spaced at about 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches) apart. Locate in a sunny part of the garden. For best results, grow Gomphrena species in a soil of pH 6 to 7.
If starting off Globe amaranth indoors, then first soak the seeds for a day. Next, sow into pots.
Germinate Gomphrena seeds at a temperature of 21 to 25 degrees centigrade (70 to 77°F), in the dark.
Transplant the globe amaranth seedlings into the garden following the last frost.
It is easy to look after Globe amaranth plants. When they are young, pinch back the tips to encourage branching; this will result in bushier Gomphrena plants.
Once flowers break from their buds give them a light feed.
The Gomphrena genus consists of around 90 species.
Yes, Gomphrena, or Globe Amaranth, are admired for their vibrant, long-lasting flowers and make a wonderful addition to gardens and floral arrangements.
Gomphrena globosa, the common Globe Amaranth, is popular among gardeners for its showy, ball-shaped flowers.
Gomphrena flowers do not typically have a noticeable fragrance.
Gomphrena prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It's also drought tolerant, making it suitable for hotter, drier climates.
Currently, Gomphrena species are not recognized as invasive in the USA.
To remove Gomphrena, pull up the plants and ensure removal of any root fragments to prevent regrowth.
The Gomphrena genus, commonly known as Globe Amaranth, is part of the Amaranthaceae family. These annual plants, native to Central America, are prized for their round, bright flower heads that dry well for arrangements.
Sow Gomphrena seeds in the spring, in a sunny location with well-drained soil. They are heat and drought-tolerant, requiring little care once established. Regular deadheading will promote continuous blooming throughout the growing season.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Gomphrena plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ Amaranthaceae growing guides: How to grow Amaranthus retroflexus, Leucojum, and Kochia plants.