Red Head Organic

Red Head Organic

SKU: QN101
Grown in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980s, this pink/red headed quinoa has the best resistance to fall rain. Sturdy plants are high yielding as a grain crop or they can be enjoyed as baby greens or microgreens. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Matures in 100 days

Season Warm season

Shipping & Returns

West Coast Seeds ships anywhere in North America. However, we are not able to ship garlic, potatoes, asparagus crowns, bulbs, onion sets, Mason bee cocoons, or nematodes outside of Canada. We regret, we cannot accept returns or damages for orders outside of Canada. The minimum shipping charge to the US is $6.99.

More details about Red Head Organic

CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Grown in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980s, this pink/red headed quinoa has the best resistance to fall rain. Sturdy plants are high yielding as a grain crop or they can be enjoyed as baby greens or microgreens. Very high germination! Sow Red Head organic quinoa seeds in late spring. Harvest baby leaves for salads as you thin the rows to make room for the tall plants to grow. By late summer the plants will have grown 1.5m (5') or more, and will begin to develop their distinctively garish, cherry red flower heads. In a couple short weeks, the seeds will be ready to harvest and dry.

Matures in 100 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Best resistance to fall rain
    • High yielding as grain crop
    • Baby greens or microgreens
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 100 days

We'll notify you when this product is back in stock.


Red Head Organic

We don't share your information with others.

Your notification has been registered.  Click to close!

All About Red Head Organic

Latin

Latin
Chenopodium quinoa
Family: Amaranthaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun

Timing

Timing
Direct sow in spring, while night temperatures are still cool. Night time temperatures should be consistently above 10°C (50°F). Optimal soil temperature for germination: 18-24°C (65-75°F). Seeds should germinate in 4-10 days.

Starting

Starting
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 more closely.

Days to Maturity:

Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.

Growing

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-7.5. Use a well-drained, loamy soil with added organic matter in the form of well-rotted compost or manure. Keep weeded, but otherwise quinoa is drought tolerant and undemanding. It’s a great plant for xeriscaping, and the tall plants look good at the back of a floral border.

Harvest

Harvest
Harvest any time after seeds have changed from green to their calico colours, even after light frost. Read more about How to Harvest Quinoa.

Seed Info

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

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

Check out Mark’s podcast about quinoa on the Encyclopedia Botanica blog.

How to Grow Quinoa

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow in spring, while night temperatures are still cool. Night time temperatures should be consistently above 10°C (50°F). Optimal soil temperature for germination: 18-24°C (65-75°F). Seeds should germinate in 4-10 days.

Step 2: Starting

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 more closely.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-7.5.

Use a well-drained, loamy soil with added organic matter in the form of well-rotted compost or manure. Keep weeded, but otherwise quinoa is drought tolerant and undemanding. It’s a great plant for xeriscaping, and the tall plants look good at the back of a floral border.

Step 4: Germination

From direct sowing.

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

Step 5: Harvest

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

Read more about How to Harvest Quinoa.

Tips!

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

Customer Reviews