An ancient New World grain that really likes the heat. Amaranth is a nutritional powerhouse, and an essential for a vegetarian diet. A member of one of the great weed species, it will grow in almost any garden soil.
The leaves and the grain are both well-stocked with protein and vitamins. These varieties are optimized for grain production. Amaranth has more essential amino acids than in most other grains. High in protein, it has a double dose of the essential amino acid lysine which is often lacking in vegetarian diets.
Prefers heat and full sun – can take a lot of summer heat and/or drought. Keep it watered. If it’s grown as an ornamental do not enrich the soil as poor soil brings out the colors. Plant after all danger of frost is past and after your last frost date - when soil is warm. Plant in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. You can plant it in succession and harvest when 10-14" tall, before flower. Loves heat and moisture.
Amaranthus tricolor / W,H/Matures 6/Harvest 4/Yield 68-272/Spacing 6"
Amaranth varieties are optimized for either leaf or grain (except our Golden Giant grain amaranth which does both well). We have both vegetable and grain types.
Grain Amaranth (code begins with GAM) The grain varieties produce high yields of grain; while all amaranths make good pot herbs, these varieties may be too tough for salads.
Leaf Amaranth (code begins with VAM) -- The leaf varieties are optimized for leaf production. These are good both as pot herbs and in salads. You will still get grain but perhaps not as much as grain varieties.