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Red Garnet Amaranth (55 Days)

This lovely amaranth is a versatile vegetable, grain, or ornamental. The young leaves are a colorful addition to any salad and an excellent spinach substitute. Eventually the plant matures into a five foot tall ornamental distinguished by its dramatic burgundy leaves. A source for red dye.

100 seeds


Amaranthus caudatus

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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Love the amaranth

I grew this amaranth last summer and loved it for its vigor and color. Have not yet started seeds for this summer.

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Easy and Productive Cut Flower

I grew out three of these from seed for flower arranging and was amazing at how productive just one plant was. They provided plentiful stems for arrangements and did well being continually cut back throughout the season. They also did well in the extra dry and hot summer we had last season.


Really nice in zone 3-4!

I've traditionally grown 'love lies bleeding' amaranth with its long tassels, but I am glad I tried this one! I had an easy time getting the plants started (some indoors, some direct - which quickly caught up), and they required almost no care once they were in place. Each seed makes a single, lovely stalk, so I'd say to mass them together for best effect. I noted that they performed best and the color was most vibrant where they had a few hours of partial shade. They are so pretty that I haven't eaten them, preferring just to enjoy them as long as I can. They look equally nice planted alongside of leaf lettuces, or in the ornamental garden! This is such a striking plant and asked nothing of me!


Red Garnet Amaranth

This was gorgeous!!! I highly recommend. Did not try eating it, but it was a knock-out as an ornamental, Growin g it again this year.