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How to Grow Quinoa

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Quinoa greens are packed with vitamins and minerals, and have a nice, mild taste. The seeds can be ground into a flour that is gluten free, or simply cooked like rice.



Chenopodium quinoa
Family: Amaranthaceae




We Recommend: Brightest Brilliant Rainbow (QN100) is one of the most attractive looking of all food crops - and then you get to eat it! We love this certified organic variety that is produced here in the Pacific Northwest.


Season & Zone

Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: 4 and up



Direct sow in late April to the end of May, while night temperatures are still cool. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 18-24°C (65-75°F). Seeds should germinate in 4-10 days.



Sow 5mm (¼") deep, 10 seeds per 30cm (12"), and thin to 25-35cm (10-14") between plants. If growing for baby leaf production, plants can be spaced closer together.



Ideal pH: 6.0-7.5. Use a well-drained, loamy soil with added orgnaic matter. Keep weeded, but otherwise quinoa is drought tolerant and undemanding. It's a great plant for xeriscaping, and looks good at the back of a floral border.



Harvest any time after seeds have changed from green to their calico colours, even after light frost.


Seed Info

In optimal conditions at least 70% of seeds should germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100' row: 160 seeds, per acre: 42M seeds.


Diseases & Pests

Watch for slug/snail damage to young seedlings. Keep the area free from debris where these pests like to nest.


Oro de Valle Organic
Brightest Brilliant Organic

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