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Tumbleweed
Tumbleweed
Amaranthus albus
Also known as : White pigweed, Pigweed amaranth, White amaranth
Tumbleweed (Amaranthus albus) is a fast-growing annual plant species that is commonly found growing in fields, pastures and roadsides. During the winter, this plant's blossoms sometimes breaks off from the stem, dry out and are blown around in the wind. This is how it got its name, the tumbleweed.
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Attributes of Tumbleweed

Lifespan
Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Spring
Bloom Time
Summer, Early fall, Mid fall
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
10 cm to 1.02 m
Spread
1 m
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
1.3 mm
Flower Color
White
Green
Fruit Color
Black
Stem Color
Green
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous

Symbolism

Immortality, fidelity, everlasting friendship

Scientific Classification of Tumbleweed

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Tumbleweed is a weed native to large parts of North America, primarily in the prairie states of the central US. Its habitats include cropland, prairies, farm fields, gardens, vacant lots, and areas along railroad tracks. Tumbleweed causes productivity losses in many vegetable crops and ingestion is detrimental to all livestock. As such, it is considered a problem agricultural weed in Australia, but this species does not appear on any US invasive lists. Control against regrowth can be accomplished by chemical means with herbicides, or manual methods such as hoeing to break up the stem and dig out the roots.
How to Control it
Once weeds are flowering and firm, it is difficult to effectively control them, so the best time for weeds to be removed is before flowering and firming; once flowering and firming, the seeds will spread very quickly and need to be removed frequently, and prevention should be made in the next year. Improve soil: This kind of weed grows best in sandy soil. If weeds grow in your garden, you can improve sandy soil to prevent weeds from growing. Unplugging: Before weeds are strong, wear gloves or use tools to dig out weeds. If the soil is difficult to remove due to drought, it can be used to thoroughly remove the roots of weeds after being irrigated with water. After removal, it can be used in conjunction with deep cultivation to prevent weed roots from remaining. This method is particularly suitable for weeds at the seedling stage or with a relatively low size Chemical control: The weeds can be effectively removed by competing herbicides. Note: When removing weeds, you need to wear gloves to avoid direct contact between the body and the weeds, especially for some toxic, thorny, sensitive mucous weeds. When cleaning weeds during flowering, you need to wear a special mask to prevent allergies caused by inhaling pollen.
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Disturbed or waste ground
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What is the best way to water my Tumbleweed?
To water Tumbleweed, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a watering can, or just about any other common watering tool. Generally, Tumbleweed is not too picky about how they receive their water, as they can live off of rainwater, tap water, or filtered water. Often, you should try not to water this plant from overhead, as doing so can damage the leaves and flowers and may lead to disease as well. At times, the best method for watering this plant is to set up a drip irrigation system. These systems work well for Tumbleweed as they apply water evenly and directly to the soil. For one Tumbleweed that grows in a container, you can use a similar watering approach while changing the tools you use. To water a container-grown Tumbleweed, use a cup, watering can, or your tap to apply water directly to the soil.
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What should I do if I water my Tumbleweed too much or too little?
The remedy for underwatering Tumbleweed is somewhat obvious. When you notice that your plant lacks moisture, simply begin watering it on a more regular basis. The issue of overwatering can be a much more dire situation, especially if you fail to notice it early. When your Tumbleweed is overwatered, it may contract diseases that lead to its decline and death. The best way to prevent this outcome is to choose a proper growing location, one that receives plenty of sunlight to help dry the soil and has good enough drainage to allow excess water to drain rather than pooling and causing waterlogged soils. If you overwater your Tumbleweed that lives in a pot, you may need to consider changing it to a new pot. Your previous container may not have contained soil with good drainage or may not have had sufficient drainage holes. As you repot your overwatered Tumbleweed, make sure to add loose soils and to use a pot that drains efficiently.
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How often should I water my Tumbleweed?
Tumbleweed needs water regularly throughout the growing season. Beginning in spring, you should plan to water this plant about once per week. As the season presses on and grows warmer, you may need to increase your watering rate to about two to three times per week. Exceeding at this rate can be detrimental to your Tumbleweed. With that said, you should also ensure that the soil in which your Tumbleweed grows remains relatively moist but not wet, regardless of how often you must water to make that the case. Watering Tumbleweed that lives in a pot is a bit different. Generally, you'll need to increase your watering frequency, as the soil in a pot can heat up and dry out a bit faster than ground soil. As such, you should plan to water a container-grown Tumbleweed a few times per week in most cases, versus just once per week for an in-ground plant.
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How much water does my Tumbleweed need?
There are a few different ways you can go about determining how much water to give to your Tumbleweed. Some gardeners choose to pick their water volume based on feeling the soil for moisture. That method suggests that you should water until you feel that the first six inches of soil have become moist. Alternatively, you can use a set measurement to determine how much to water your Tumbleweed. Typically, you should give your Tumbleweed about two gallons of water per week, depending on how hot it is and how quickly the soil becomes dry. However, following strict guidelines like that can lead to overwatering if your plant requires less than two gallons per week for whatever reason. When growing Tumbleweed in a container, you will need to use a different method to determine how much water to supply. Typically, you should give enough water to moisten all of the layers of soil that have become dry. To test if that is the case, you can simply stick your finger in the soil to feel for moisture. You can also water the soil until you notice a slight trickle of excess water exiting the drainage holes of your pot.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Tumbleweed enough?
It can be somewhat difficult to avoid overwatering your Tumbleweed. On the one hand, these plants have relatively deep roots that require you to moisten the soil weekly. On the other hand, Tumbleweed are plants that are incredibly susceptible to root rot. Along with root rot, your Tumbleweed may also experience browning as a result of overwatering. Underwatering is far less likely for your Tumbleweed as these plants can survive for a while in the absence of supplemental watering. However, if you go too long without giving this plant water, it will likely begin to wilt. You may also notice dry leaves.
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How should I water my Tumbleweed through the seasons?
You can expect your Tumbleweed’s water needs to increase as the season moves on. During spring, you should water about once per week. Then, as the summer heat arrives, you will likely need to give a bit more water to your Tumbleweed, at times increasing to about three times per week. This is especially true of Tumbleweed that grow in containers, as the soil in a container is far more likely to dry out faster than ground soil when the weather is warm. In autumn, while your Tumbleweed is still in bloom, it may need a bit less water as the temperature has likely declined, and the sun is no longer as strong as it was in summer.
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How should I water my Tumbleweed at different growth stages?
Tumbleweed will move through several different growth stages throughout the year, some of which may require more water than others. For example, you will probably start your Tumbleweed as a seed. While the seed germinates, you should plant to give more water than your Tumbleweed will need later in life, watering often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After a few weeks, your Tumbleweed will grow above the soil and may need slightly less water than at the seedling phase. Then, once this plant is mature, you can begin to use the regular watering frequency of about once per week. As flower development takes place, you may need to give slightly more water to aid the process.
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What's the difference between watering Tumbleweed indoors and outdoors?
There are several reasons why most Tumbleweed grow outdoors rather than indoors. The first is that these plants typically grow to tall. The second reason is that Tumbleweed needs more daily sunlight than most indoor growing locations can provide. If you are able to provide a suitable indoor growing location, you may find that you need to give your Tumbleweed water a bit more often than you would in an outdoor growing location. Part of the reason for this is that indoor growing locations tend to be a lot drier than outdoor ones due to HVAC units. The other reason for this is that soil in containers can dry out relatively quickly as well compared to soil in the ground.
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Full sun
Tumbleweed thrives when exposed to a full span of daylight, although it can survive with limited exposure. This originates from its native habitat, which is habitually sun-soaked. Overexposure can, however, lead to dryness, while inadequate light could hinder its growth.
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Temperature
0 38 ℃
Tumbleweed is indigenous to areas with temperature range from 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). It appreciates hardiness zones corresponding to these temperatures. Adjust environment in different seasons, considering tumbleweed's love for warmer temperatures.
Temp for Healthy Growth
Transplant
1-2 feet
Transplant tumbleweed in the period transitioning from spring to early summer, as this offers optimum growth conditions. Ensure your location boasts well-drained soil and full sun exposure. If the seedlings look frail, approach transplanting with a gentle hand for best results.
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Tumbleweed may harmonize well with a South-facing direction, often linked to the fire element in Feng Shui. This plant's ability to thrive in adverse conditions might help channel resilience and adaptability, vital for harnessing this fiery energy.
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Also known as: White pigweed, Pigweed amaranth, White amaranth
Tumbleweed (Amaranthus albus) is a fast-growing annual plant species that is commonly found growing in fields, pastures and roadsides. During the winter, this plant's blossoms sometimes breaks off from the stem, dry out and are blown around in the wind. This is how it got its name, the tumbleweed.
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Lifespan
Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Spring
Bloom Time
Summer, Early fall, Mid fall
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
10 cm to 1.02 m
Spread
1 m
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
1.3 mm
Flower Color
White
Green
Fruit Color
Black
Stem Color
Green
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous
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Tumbleweed is a weed native to large parts of North America, primarily in the prairie states of the central US. Its habitats include cropland, prairies, farm fields, gardens, vacant lots, and areas along railroad tracks. Tumbleweed causes productivity losses in many vegetable crops and ingestion is detrimental to all livestock. As such, it is considered a problem agricultural weed in Australia, but this species does not appear on any US invasive lists. Control against regrowth can be accomplished by chemical means with herbicides, or manual methods such as hoeing to break up the stem and dig out the roots.
How to Control it
Once weeds are flowering and firm, it is difficult to effectively control them, so the best time for weeds to be removed is before flowering and firming; once flowering and firming, the seeds will spread very quickly and need to be removed frequently, and prevention should be made in the next year. Improve soil: This kind of weed grows best in sandy soil. If weeds grow in your garden, you can improve sandy soil to prevent weeds from growing. Unplugging: Before weeds are strong, wear gloves or use tools to dig out weeds. If the soil is difficult to remove due to drought, it can be used to thoroughly remove the roots of weeds after being irrigated with water. After removal, it can be used in conjunction with deep cultivation to prevent weed roots from remaining. This method is particularly suitable for weeds at the seedling stage or with a relatively low size Chemical control: The weeds can be effectively removed by competing herbicides. Note: When removing weeds, you need to wear gloves to avoid direct contact between the body and the weeds, especially for some toxic, thorny, sensitive mucous weeds. When cleaning weeds during flowering, you need to wear a special mask to prevent allergies caused by inhaling pollen.
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Tumbleweed thrives when exposed to a full span of daylight, although it can survive with limited exposure. This originates from its native habitat, which is habitually sun-soaked. Overexposure can, however, lead to dryness, while inadequate light could hinder its growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Tumbleweed, a plant that thrives in full sunlight, is commonly grown outdoors with ample sunlight. When cultivated indoors with inadequate light, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your tumbleweed may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Tumbleweed enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Tumbleweed thrives in full sun exposure and can tolerate intense sunlight. With their remarkable resilience, symptoms of sunburn may not be easily visible, as they rarely suffer from it.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Essentials
Tumbleweed is indigenous to areas with temperature range from 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). It appreciates hardiness zones corresponding to these temperatures. Adjust environment in different seasons, considering tumbleweed's love for warmer temperatures.
Regional wintering strategies
Tumbleweed has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by covering the plant with materials such as soil or straw. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Low Temperature
Tumbleweed is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, there may be a decrease in sprouting or even no sprouting during springtime.
Solutions
In spring, remove any parts that have failed to sprout.
High Temperature
During summer, Tumbleweed should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, prone to curling, susceptible to sunburn, and in severe cases, the entire plant may wilt and become dry.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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How to Successfully Transplant Tumbleweed?
Transplant tumbleweed in the period transitioning from spring to early summer, as this offers optimum growth conditions. Ensure your location boasts well-drained soil and full sun exposure. If the seedlings look frail, approach transplanting with a gentle hand for best results.
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Tumbleweed?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Tumbleweed?
The perfect season to replant tumbleweed is late spring to early summer. This is when their growth spurt typically begins, giving them ample time to establish roots. Tumbleweed's vibrant hues stand out beautifully in the summer sun, creating a delightful show in the garden. Not only will you enjoy the brilliance of tumbleweed sooner, but transplanting during this time also tends to make plants healthier and more resilient. It's really a win-win situation for all garden enthusiasts. This isn't hard work folks, just your love for gardening in action.
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Tumbleweed Plants?
For your tumbleweed, ensure to space each one around 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) apart from the next. This will give room for them to grow and flourish without interfering with each other. Happy Planting!
What is the Best Soil Mix for Tumbleweed Transplanting?
The tumbleweed prefers well-drained soil. As a base fertilizer, you can use a simple compost. This not only enriches the soil but also helps retain moisture, which is important for your plant's health. Be sure to mix it well!
Where Should You Relocate Your Tumbleweed?
When it comes to finding the perfect spot for your tumbleweed, choose a location that receives plenty of sunlight throughout the day. These plants love the sun's bright rays and will thrive in its warmth. Good Luck!
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Tumbleweed?
Gardening Gloves
To shield your hands while tending to the tumbleweed plant.
Shovel or Spade
To delicately remove the tumbleweed from its initial location, while keeping the root system undisturbed.
Wheelbarrow or Garden Cart
To transfer the excavated tumbleweed plant to its new location.
Watering Can or Hose
To moisten the soil both in the initial and final location of the tumbleweed.
Mulch
To help maintain soil moisture after transplanting.
Plant Stake and Tie
For supporting the tumbleweed while it grows and establishes itself.
How Do You Remove Tumbleweed from the Soil?
From Ground: Firstly, water the tumbleweed plant to soften the soil. Then, using a shovel, dig a broad trench encircling the plant, making sure to keep the root ball undisturbed. With care, slide the spade underneath the root ball to lift the plant from its original position.
From Pot: If the tumbleweed plant is in a pot, first water it thoroughly. Flip the pot sideways gently then tap the rim on a hard but cushioned surface to free the plant. In case it's stubborn, slide a knife around the pot's interior to dislodge the plant. Ensure minimal disturbance to the root system.
From Seedling Tray: Water the seedlings then, with care, loosen the soil around the roots. Gently pull the tumbleweed seedling from the tray, holding it by its leaves and not the stem to avoid damage.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Tumbleweed
Step1 Digging the Hole
Clear the chosen spot of any rocks or debris. Using a shovel, dig a hole that's twice as wide and of the same depth as the root ball of tumbleweed. The top of the root ball should be at ground level when placed in the hole.
Step2 Positioning the Plant
Place tumbleweed in the center of the hole. Make sure that it's standing straight. Start filling the hole with soil, while firming around the base to get rid of air pockets.
Step3 Watering
Once tumbleweed is set in place, water it thoroughly. This helps the soil to settle in around the roots.
Step4 Mulching
After the water has been absorbed, apply a layer of mulch around the plant. This helps to keep the soil moist and prevent weed growth.
Step5 Staking
If the tumbleweed plant is tall, stake it to provide support and prevent it from bowing under its own weight.
How Do You Care For Tumbleweed After Transplanting?
Watering
After transplanting, ensure the soil around the tumbleweed plant remains evenly moist, but take care to not overwater it. Adjust the watering frequency depending on the weather.
Weed Control
Regularly weed the area around tumbleweed to prevent competing plants from stealing nutrients. Make sure to not overly disturb the soil while weeding, as the roots of tumbleweed might get damaged.
Protection
If the local climate is prone to strong winds or heavy rains, consider setting up a temporary protective barrier around tumbleweed. This can be removed once the plant is well-established and sturdy enough.
Monitoring
Regularly check tumbleweed for any signs of diseases or pests. If these are detected, treat the plant as soon as possible.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Tumbleweed Transplantation.
What's the ideal time to transplant tumbleweed?
Transplant tumbleweed during the mid-to-late growth stage (S2-S3), when the plant is developing stems and leaves.
How can I prep the soil for tumbleweed transplantation?
Aerate at least 12 inches (30 cm) of soil and mix it with compost. Set pH levels to slightly acidic or neutral for tumbleweed.
What's the appropriate spacing while transplanting tumbleweed?
Ensure each tumbleweed is spaced approximately 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) apart. This aids in sunlight penetration and nutrient distribution.
What's the best way to remove tumbleweed from its previous pot?
Gently tease out the roots of tumbleweed from the original pot, taking care not to cause any root damage which could stunt growth.
Why is the tumbleweed wilted after transplanting?
Transplant shock can cause wilting in tumbleweed. Keeping it adequately watered and in partial shade can help the plant bounce back.
How to identify if the tumbleweed has been positioned correctly in the new location?
Ensure tumbleweed's roots are spread out in the hole, and the root ball top aligns with soil surface. This promotes healthy growth.
What care does tumbleweed need after transplanting?
Tumbleweed needs consistent watering and mulching to conserve moisture right after transplanting. A balanced fertilizer may be helpful too.
What are the signs that tumbleweed is rejecting the transplantation?
Tumbleweed may show signs of stress like wilting, browning of leaves, or slower growth rate. Keep it well-watered and consider a plant stress reliever.
Should I prune tumbleweed before transplanting?
Pruning isn't required but do check for any diseased or damaged parts. Remove them to promote healthier growth post-transplantation.
Why is tumbleweed not developing after transplanting?
Tumbleweed might be in shock, or the new site could be lacking in nutrients. Check soil pH and nutrition levels, and keep it consistently watered.
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