Red Head Organic

Quick Facts:

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

Red Head Organic

Description:

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)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
2g (approx. 600 seeds) QN101A $4.49 In stock $0.00
10g (approx. 3000 seeds) QN101B $11.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
25g (approx. 7500 seeds) QN101C $20.49 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
125g (approx. 37500 seeds) QN101D $69.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
500g (approx. 150000 seeds) QN101E $209.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

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

How To Grow

Quinoa greens are packed with vitamins and minerals, and have a nice, mild flavour. The seeds can be ground into a flour that is gluten free, or simply cooked like rice. Continue reading below for our tips on how to grow quinoa from seed.

Latin
Chenopodium quinoa
Family: Amaranthaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Season: Warm season
Exposure: Full sun

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
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: From direct sowing.

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 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
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.

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