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Hopi Red Dye Amaranth (45 Days)

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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. 

50 seeds 


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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    Joann C.
    Denver, CO

    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. .