When the summer sun shines, Truffula Pink globe amaranth takes center stage in container recipes where it works as both a thriller and filler. Its exceptional size and hot pink blooms can transform a container from ho-hum to fabulous in a matter of weeks. Pair it with other vigorous, sun loving plants like Supertunia® petunias, Rockin’® salvias, Luscious® lantanas and more to create huge, dazzling upright containers.

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Truffula Pink Gomphrena shines all on its own in containers. You’ll need two or three 4-inch pots of Truffula Pink to fill one 12-16” patio container.

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  • Since this plant grows large, we recommend using a container that’s at least 14 to 16” in diameter—the larger the pot the better.
  • Truffula Pink can be grown alone or with companions if the container size is sufficiently large.
  • How many plants you’ll need depends on the container size, how vigorous the plants you choose are, and how quickly you’d like the container to fill in. Our container recipes generally recommend using 4 to 6 plants to fill a 14” container.
  • Space the plants equally in the container so it fills out on all sides, positioning Truffula Pink in the center.
  • Use a good quality potting soil in your container. Better potting soils are light in texture and weight, and water drains easily through them.
  • Mix a bit of slow release plant food into the potting soil before you add the plants. Follow the package instructions to know how much to use. This will ensure a small amount of food is available to the plants’ roots over the season.
  • Water your newly planted container immediately to help the soil settle in around the plants’ roots.


This freewheeling bloomer is easy to grow in containers. With a liberal dose of sunshine, an occasional drink and a light dose of plant food, it will take it from there and get to work for you.


  • The eventual size and robust development of Truffula Pink is, in part, dependent on the amount of sunlight you give it. It will grow and bloom the strongest when it receives at least 6 hours of sun per day. Its growth isn’t nearly as impressive in shade, so we don’t recommend it.
  • Though this plant is certainly whimsical and pretty, it is also resilient in high heat and moderate drought. ​It won’t wilt in all-day sun or in the heat of those lazy hazy days of summer.


  • Well-drained soil will help this plant perform to its full potential. As always, make sure your container has a drainage hole. Making it sit in wet soggy soil is a miscalculation, causing the fun to fizzle.
  • Plants growing in heavier upright containers tend to dry out more slowly than plants in hanging baskets. That means they may not need to be watered quite as often as your hanging baskets.
  • To figure out if it is time to water, stick your finger down in the soil up to your second knuckle. If the soil sticks to your finger, it is moist enough to make it through the day without watering. If not, it’s time to water.
  • Never let your containers dry out to the point where the plants wilt. That may mean they need to be watered anywhere from every other day to more than once per day, especially as the summer’s heat sets in, depending on your growing conditions.
  • If you don’t have much time to water or if you tend to travel in the summertime, consider investing in a WaterWise® Self-Watering Kit. It saves time and water, is simple to use, and waters up to ten containers at once from a single faucet. Or even easier, use self-watering AquaPots® and you’ll only have to water once a week.


  • Every third time you water your container, include a bit of water soluble plant food in the water. Follow the package instructions to know how much to use.
  • What does every third time mean? If you water every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, then you’ll feed your plants every Friday. If you water your plants more than once a day, every third time you get out the watering can, add some water soluble plant food to the water. During the heat of summer when you are watering more often, your plants are growing faster and need more food to keep up. Feeding flowers is like feeding kids—not so much when they are toddlers but they’ll eat you out of house and home when they are teenagers.
  • Any brand of plant food meant for flowers will work for your hanging baskets. But we recommend Proven Winners water soluble and continuous release plant foods because they are specially formulated with micronutrients to help our varieties grow bigger, stronger, and bear more flowers.


  • Unlike many annuals, Truffula Pink globe amaranth does not need to be trimmed periodically throughout the season. Plan on it growing large and taking up a lot of space in your hanging basket. If you need it to be shorter, you can safely remove about 25% of its height without harming the plant.
  • Trimming off the spent flowers won’t be needed to keep this plant blooming non-stop all season.
  • If you are growing filler and spiller plants in an upright container with Truffula Pink, you’ll want to give those companion plants a haircut about once per month between midsummer and fall. That will keep them growing with renewed vigor and you’ll have a fuller basket as a result.