(Amaranthus hypochondriacus) Annual. Bright red plants that make a stunning show in the garden. Leaves can be harvested young and used like spinach. Flowering amaranth is a beautiful attractor for goldfinches & other birds, and yields tons of seed that can be produced for grain.
Grows 8-12 feet tall. Heat-loving.
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Sow outside (recommended) 1-2 weeks after average last frost. Start indoors 4-6 weeks before average last frost.
Germination is best when soil temperature is 65° to 75° F.
Grows well in average soil. Plants grown in average garden soil will be 4-6’ tall, while those grown in rich soil or compost may reach over 8’.
Average water needs. Only water when dry.
Heat and drought resistant.
Leaves may be harvested at any time, but are best when young and small. Can also be grown for delicious, nutrient-dense sprouts.
Flowers will produce until frost and make beautiful additions to cut flower arrangements.
To determine if seed is harvestable, gently but briskly shake or rub the flower heads between your hands. If the seeds fall easily, it’s ready for harvest. Cut the seedheads before they become brittle and place in a paper bag to continue drying. Once dry, gently rub with your hands or a cloth, or thresh into a bag, to release the seeds. Winnowing the seed in a light breeze will remove the flower heads and chaff.