Planting And Care:

  • Successive sowings will provide greens over a long period
  • The leaves have a sweet, tangy flavour and are best cooked, raw leaves should not be eaten very often, as they are high in nitrates and oxalic acid
  • Well, there really isn t much to it
  • Amaranth seed is very fine
  • If you grow leaf amaranth you want a large number of plants because you will likely harvest the whole plant while it is still young
  • There is no point starting it in punnets
  • Thinly sprinkle the seed on the ground and rake it in
  • Like all fast growing leafy greens amaranth loves rich soil with steady moisture and a good supply of nutrients, especially nitrogen
  • But it isn t as fussed as spinach or silverbeet would be
  • Amaranth is much hardier
  • It can cope with heat and dry conditions a lot better than any other leafy green
  • If you are frustrated with trying to grow tasty, leafy greens in the tropic, amaranth is a plant you should start growing today
  • Once established, amaranth needs little care
  • It is more tolerant of drought than most other leafy vegetable and will tolerate a wider range of soils than other grain crops

Green Amaranth Care:

  • Amaranth is responsive to nitrogen and phosphorous
  • Plants grown in average garden soil will be four-feet to six-feet tall, while those grown in rich soil or compost may reach over eight feet
  • Optimum soil is a well-drained loam but both plants will do well in all but poorly aerated clay soils
  • Amaranth are grown from seed
  • Amaranth seeds can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or started indoors for transplanting later
  • Note, Amaranth plants are susceptible to frost
  • Amaranth prefers warm weather
  • If planting outdoors, sow Amaranth seeds after the soil has begun to warm in the spring
  • We recommend an indoor start, six to eight weeks before the last frost in your area
  • Sow seeds early in the season and cover lightly with soil
  • Space seeds or seedlings 10-12" apart
  • They will tolerate a little crowding, and look good in clumps or groups

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