Burgundy Organic Amaranth Seeds

Quick Facts:

    • Nutritious, gluten-free grains
    • Attractive burgundy flowers
    • Immature leaves are edible
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 90-100 days

Burgundy Organic Amaranth Seeds

Description:

Amaranthus hypochondriacus. CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Grow this ancient Aztec grain like quinoa for nutritious, gluten-free grains that mature at the end of summer. The substantial plants grow 1.5-2m (5-6') tall, with flamboyant plumes of attractive burgundy flowers followed by copious white seeds. Burgundy Organic amaranth seeds are a show stopper in any garden. The immature leaves are also edible, and have a distinctive, nutty flavour that works well raw in salad mixes or briefly steamed. Amaranth grows well in raised beds, and it responds well to hot weather. The deep red foliage and the remarkable flower clusters really make this plant stand out in the garden setting.

Matures in 90-100 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
1g (approx. 1250 seeds) MU551A $3.69 In stock $0.00
5g (approx. 6250 seeds) MU551B $7.99 Unavailable  
25g (approx. 30625 seeds) MU551C $17.99 Unavailable  
125g (approx. 154375 seeds) MU551D $74.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
500g (approx. 617500 seeds) MU551E $189.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Nutritious, gluten-free grains
    • Attractive burgundy flowers
    • Immature leaves are edible
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 90-100 days

How To Grow

Whether growing amaranth from seed for its nutritious leaves or its high-protein, gluten-free seeds, it is easy to grow in warm soil with lots of sunlight. Amaranth is closely related to quinoa, but also beets, Swiss chard, and many other food crops. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Amaranth Seeds Guide and grow edible grains.

Latin
Amaranthus sp. (Many species are edible).
Family: Amaranthaceae

Difficulty
Easy.

We Recommend: Burgundy Grain Amaranth (MU551). This variety has very tasty, nutritious immature leaves, but can also be grown to produce grain – and it is very productive in this respect.

Season: Warm season. Amaranth is very much a summer crop.
Exposure: Full sun. Amaranth needs a nice hot summer for its entire growth period of 40-50 days.

Timing
Direct sow in late spring, once night time temperatures are steadily above 10°C (50°F). Optimal soil temperature for germination: 18-24°C (65-75°F).

Starting
Sow seeds 5mm (¼”) deep in well drained soil in full sun. Seeds should germinate in 4 to 10 days. Thin seedlings to 25-35cm (10-14″) apart in rows 50cm (20″) apart.

Days to Maturity
From direct sowing.

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-7.5. Keep moist until germinated, and then simply keep the area weeded.

Harvest
Pick baby or mature greens as needed. Simply cut them with scissors as one would with mescluns. The leaves have an appealing, nutty flavour. If growing for seed, choose A. hypochondriacus and provide ample spacing. Seed will ripen in late summer or early fall. Watch for birds visiting the plants. Rub the flower heads between your hands over a bucket or tray. Doing this into paper yard waste bags works well. If the seeds do not fall easily, leave the plants for one more week and try again.

Seed Info
In optimum conditions at least 70% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 1.5M seeds, per acre: 392M seeds.

Diseases & Pests
Watch for slug/snail damage to young plants. Amaranth is not prone to pest damage.

Companion Planting
Plant with corn to shade the soil and retain water. Amaranth attracts beneficial predatory ground beetles.

More on Companion Planting.

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