Brightest Brilliant Organic

Brightest Brilliant Organic

SKU: QN100
Beautiful calico-coloured seed heads mature above plants up to 2.4m (8') tall. Leaves of young plants are tender and tasty raw or steamed. Sow more densely if growing for greens - farther apart for large, full-size plants. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Matures in 100 days

Season Warm season

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More details about Brightest Brilliant Organic

CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Beautiful calico-coloured seed heads mature above plants up to 2.4m (8') tall. Leaves of young plants are tender and tasty raw or steamed. Sow more densely if growing for greens - farther apart for large, full-size plants. Dry harvested Quinoa seeds completely, and rinse them thoroughly to remove a bitter coating prior to use. After cutting and drying the seed heads in late summer, bash the seeds about in a pillow case or yard waste bag to loosen them from the stems. Then it's easy to remove the chaff to end up with pure, clean seeds for eating and planting. And yes - it grows well in BC and in the Pacific Northwest. Feedback from Ontario growers who grew Brightest Brilliant Organic is very positive as well.

Matures in 100 days (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Tender and tasty, raw and steamed
    • 2.4m (8') tall plants
    • Sow densely if growing for greens
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 100 days

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All About Brightest Brilliant 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.

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