Hopi Red Dye Organic

Hopi Red Dye Organic

SKU: MU560
This variety looks spectacular as micro-greens, but it’s also ornamental in the garden, and grows prolific seed heads that are chock full of seeds that can be ground into gluten free flour. Or use the whole plant to create intense red dye as in the Hopi tradition. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Matures in 21 days for baby greens, 110 days for seeds

Season Warm season

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A. hypochondriacus. Sow Hopi Red Dye Organic Amaranth seeds in the organic vegetable garden, and grow some history. This variety looks spectacular as micro-greens, but it’s also ornamental in the garden, and grows prolific seed heads that are chock full of seeds that can be ground into gluten free flour. Or use the whole plant to create intense red dye as in the Hopi tradition. This is a truly multi-purpose plant. Harvesting Amaranth seeds is easy to do. The luxurious flower clusters make excellent cut flowers, and contrast well with any white flowers in a bouquet.

Matures in 21 days to baby greens, 110 days for seeds. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Certified organic Amaranth seeds
    • Traditional dye variety
    • Grow as micro-greens
    • Collect gluten free seeds
    • Matures in 21-110 days

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All About Hopi Red Dye Organic

Latin

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

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy.

We Recommend:

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:

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

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

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

Days to Maturity
From direct sowing.

Growing

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

Harvest

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

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

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

Companion Planting

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

More on Companion Planting.

How to Grow Amaranth

Step 1: 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).

Step 2: Starting

Sow 5mm (1⁄4”) deep in well drained soil in full sun. Thin to 25-35cm (10-14”) apart. Seeds germinate in 4-10 days, depending on conditions.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-7.5.

Keep moist until germinated, and then simply keep the area weeded.

Step 4: Germination

Days to maturity: From direct sowing.

In optimum conditions at least 70% of seeds will germinate. Per 100’ row: 1.5M seeds, per acre: 392M seeds.

Step 5: 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. 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.

Tips!

Watch for birds visiting the plants and for slug/snail damage to young plants.

Amaranth attracts beneficial predatory ground beetles.

Companion Planting: Plant with corn to shade the soil and retain water.

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