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Hopi Red Dye Amaranth (45 Days)

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. 

50 seeds 

PLANTING

Amaranthus cruentus

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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    JC
    07/02/2018
    Joann Calabrese
    Denver, CO

    Beautiful

    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. .