GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFO: W, H/Matures Grain 12, Leaf 6/ Harvest 4/ Yield Grain 4-16+, Leaf 68-272/ Spacing Grain 12", Leaf 6"/
DAYS TO MATURITY: 100-120
SEED CODE: O
SEEDS PER PACKET: 300
APPROXIMATE GERMINATION DAYS: 10-15
SOIL TEMPERATURE FOR GERMINATION: 65F
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/8"
WHEN TO PLANT: May to early June
PACKET INSTRUCTIONS: Start seeds in flats 3-4 weeks before last frost or direct sow 1/8" deep and 12" apart directly into beds after danger of frost has passed. Keep soil moist until seedlings are established, but after that water sparingly. Does best under dry, warm conditions. Harvest the seed-heads when they are dry and seeds have just began to fall. The dried harvest can be threshed and winnowed by hand.
For more information see our: Amaranth & Quinoa Information Sheet
BOTANICAL NAME: Amaranthus sp.
Amaranth has no hull to remove--great beginner's grain for cereal, pilaf, and soups. High in protein. Start after frost date when soil is warm. When seeds first start to drop to the ground cut heads and hang in protected place with good ventilation over a tarp to catch seeds. When dry, rub heads to remove seeds and winnow. Loves heat.
Beautiful big plants to 5-7 ft with both leaves and seed-heads of intense deep red. They produce large yields of white seed, excellent for grain use. (Many red-leaved varieties have black, strong-tasting seeds and are primarily for eating the leaves.) We are pleased to be able to offer this rare type, the first of a series of amaranths we have been searching out for backyard grain-growers.