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Foxtail - 5 tips for care


The foxtail is a popular summer plant that thrives particularly well in tubs, but also on the balcony. However, this requires the right care.

The inflorescences are reminiscent of a fox's tail -

The foxtail is a popular summer plant that takes its name from the inflorescences that are reminiscent of foxtails. The annual plant with its beautiful flowers is also known under the botanical name Amaranthus or Amarant. With the right care, this plant looks very good in the garden, in tubs, hanging baskets or window boxes.

Soil and location

It is important when caring for the foxtail that it gets a sunny and wind-protected location. The soil must be permeable and get lots of nutrients. You can use commercially available fertilizers, but also your own compost, if available.

Pour and fertilizer

The good news is that the foxtail is quite frugal when it comes to watering. The garden amaranth only needs an extra dose of water on particularly hot days. Container plants need to be watered more often. You have to be a bit more precise when it comes to nutrients, because without it the foxtail will not survive long. As mentioned above, compost is very suitable for fertilizing. Liquid fertilizer can also be used, and is even a better choice from early summer. The best thing about potted plants is to add a good portion of slow release fertilizer.

Cut fox tail?

This step is actually not necessary for the foxtail. However, if you cut young plants back a bit, they will become even bushier in the flowering phase. Otherwise, cut off withered parts of the plant. Since the garden foxtail is an annual plant, it is simply torn out after the flowering phase and disposed of on the compost.

Foxtail can't stand the cold

However, the foxtail is very sensitive to cold. The planting out in the garden or in the bucket therefore takes place at the end of May. If it is a mild spring, the time can also be brought forward.

Propagate foxtail

You can multiply the foxtail by sowing. However, high temperatures are required for the seeds to germinate. But be careful, some species of amaranth are considered weeds and therefore also spread independently. Only perennial helps to pull out. These inflorescences do not belong on the compost!