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Young leaves are packed full of healthful nutrients and can be used fresh in salads or steamed. The burgundy inflorescence are showy, beautiful in arrangements, and in a flower garden. Seeds are edible and harvested for grain. The flower bracts are used for a natural red dye.
Germination: 10-15 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-80ºF
Seed Planting Depth: On surface, lightly cover.
Sowing Indoors Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-80ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Transplant after last frost, 6-12" apart.
Sowing Outdoors: After last frost when soil temperature reaches 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 3-6", thin to 6-12" apart.
Harvest: Start picking young leaves when plant are 12" tall.
Tips: Plant in fertile, well drained soil. Amend with compost or well-rotted manure. Pinch plants back to encourage young leaves to grow.
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The Amaranth are not even flowering yet, and they are beautiful! Denver weather can be tough on plants - blazing sun and big temperature fluctuations. The amaranth is doing great with this. .