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Prince's feather
Prince's feather
Prince's feather
Prince's feather
Prince's feather
Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Also known as : Amaranth, Grain Amaranth, Red cockscomb
Prince's feather (*Amaranthus hypochondriacus*) thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Evidence of its cultivation in Central America dates back roughly 6000 years. A red food coloring can be derived from prince's feather, and it can also be planted in patios and walkways to add more color to your place.
Hardiness Zones
Hardiness Zones
3 to 10
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Attributes of Prince's feather

Lifespan
Annual, Perennial
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Late spring
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall
Plant Height
20 cm to 80 cm
Spread
30 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
1 cm to 2.5 cm
Flower Color
Red
Green
Purple
Fruit Color
White
Stem Color
Green
Red
Burgundy
Leaf type
Semi-evergreen
Growth Season
Summer
Growth Rate
Moderate

Symbolism

Respect for the dead and hope for eternal life

Usages

Garden Use
Prince's feather is an herbaceous annual (occasionally a short-lived perennial) commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical gardens. It is prized for its eye-catching, feather-like flowers. Its bushy, upright growth habit makes it suitable for borders and as an accent plant. Prince's feather is appropriate for cottage gardens. Suggested companion plants include marigolds, tomatoes, or chilies.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

It is said that the flowers of the prince's feather grew beside the tree of life in heaven. Mourners also wore it at the funeral of the Greek warrior Achilles. For us mortals, this bowl of overflowing millet symbolizes a wealth of memories and a desire not to fade.

Scientific Classification of Prince's feather

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Distribution of Prince's feather

Habitat of Prince's feather

Wasteland, agricultural land
Northern Hemisphere
South Hemisphere

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Cultivated
Invasive
Potentially invasive
Exotic
No species reported
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What is the best way to water my Prince's feather?
To water Prince's feather, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a watering can, or just about any other common watering tool. Generally, Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather as they apply water evenly and directly to the soil. For one Prince's feather that grows in a container, you can use a similar watering approach while changing the tools you use. To water a container-grown Prince's feather, 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 Prince's feather too much or too little?
The remedy for underwatering Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather, make sure to add loose soils and to use a pot that drains efficiently.
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How often should I water my Prince's feather?
Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather. With that said, you should also ensure that the soil in which your Prince's feather grows remains relatively moist but not wet, regardless of how often you must water to make that the case. Watering Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather need?
There are a few different ways you can go about determining how much water to give to your Prince's feather. 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 Prince's feather. Typically, you should give your Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather enough?
It can be somewhat difficult to avoid overwatering your Prince's feather. On the one hand, these plants have relatively deep roots that require you to moisten the soil weekly. On the other hand, Prince's feather are plants that are incredibly susceptible to root rot. Along with root rot, your Prince's feather may also experience browning as a result of overwatering. Underwatering is far less likely for your Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather through the seasons?
You can expect your Prince's feather’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 Prince's feather, at times increasing to about three times per week. This is especially true of Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather at different growth stages?
Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather as a seed. While the seed germinates, you should plant to give more water than your Prince's feather will need later in life, watering often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After a few weeks, your Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather indoors and outdoors?
There are several reasons why most Prince's feather grow outdoors rather than indoors. The first is that these plants typically grow to tall. The second reason is that Prince's feather 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 Prince's feather 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
Prince's feather thrives best under considerable exposure to sun rays throughout the day. Originating from environments where they receive substantial sun, these plants have adapted to such conditions. Inadequate sunlight exposure can stunt their growth, while excessive light does not damage them.
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Temperature
0 41 ℃
Prince's feather is native to environments where temperatures generally range between 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). This plant thrives under warm conditions and ideally prefers this temperature range. It can adjust to colder temperatures but may require additional care.
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Amaranthus hypochondriacus
Also known as: Amaranth, Grain Amaranth, Red cockscomb
Prince's feather (*Amaranthus hypochondriacus*) thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Evidence of its cultivation in Central America dates back roughly 6000 years. A red food coloring can be derived from prince's feather, and it can also be planted in patios and walkways to add more color to your place.
Hardiness Zones
Hardiness Zones
3 to 10
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Key Facts About Prince's feather

Attributes of Prince's feather

Lifespan
Annual, Perennial
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Late spring
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall
Plant Height
20 cm to 80 cm
Spread
30 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
1 cm to 2.5 cm
Flower Color
Red
Green
Purple
Fruit Color
White
Stem Color
Green
Red
Burgundy
Leaf type
Semi-evergreen
Growth Season
Summer
Growth Rate
Moderate
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Symbolism

Respect for the dead and hope for eternal life

Usages

Garden Use
Prince's feather is an herbaceous annual (occasionally a short-lived perennial) commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical gardens. It is prized for its eye-catching, feather-like flowers. Its bushy, upright growth habit makes it suitable for borders and as an accent plant. Prince's feather is appropriate for cottage gardens. Suggested companion plants include marigolds, tomatoes, or chilies.

Trivia and Interesting Facts

It is said that the flowers of the prince's feather grew beside the tree of life in heaven. Mourners also wore it at the funeral of the Greek warrior Achilles. For us mortals, this bowl of overflowing millet symbolizes a wealth of memories and a desire not to fade.

Scientific Classification of Prince's feather

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Distribution of Prince's feather

Habitat of Prince's feather

Wasteland, agricultural land
Northern Hemisphere
South Hemisphere

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Exotic
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Above 6 hours sunlight
Partial sun
Tolerance
About 3-6 hours sunlight
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Prince's feather thrives best under considerable exposure to sun rays throughout the day. Originating from environments where they receive substantial sun, these plants have adapted to such conditions. Inadequate sunlight exposure can stunt their growth, while excessive light does not damage them.
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Artificial lighting
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
Prince's feather, 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 Prince's feather 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
Prince's feather 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
Prince's feather 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
Prince's feather is native to environments where temperatures generally range between 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). This plant thrives under warm conditions and ideally prefers this temperature range. It can adjust to colder temperatures but may require additional care.
Regional wintering strategies
Prince's feather 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
Prince's feather 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, Prince's feather 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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