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Growing Amaranth, also Love-lies-bleeding

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions

  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 64°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-8 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Onions, corn, peppers, egg plant, tomatoes

Your comments and tips

02 Nov 10, Marianne (Australia - temperate climate)
As amaranth has 18% protein, why does one of the biggest pesticide companies in the world rate it on top of their list of weeds ??
05 Nov 10, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Probably because it can out-compete other plants. If you're trying to grow maize you might not want a field of amaranth taking over instead..
27 Feb 11, Joe (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Have you ever watched landline on the ABC midday on sunday's. Some programs have explained the correlation of weedicides and Plant variety rights. So be cynical and all will be clear.
02 Nov 10, Annie (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I bought amaranth seeds from the health store in Hobart. About $5 per kilo
04 Nov 10, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Were they unblanched viable seed? I've only found blanched (and therefore dead and ungrowable) in our local store.
11 Nov 10, Sri (Australia - temperate climate)
If your looking for Amaranth seeds try diggers.com there and aussie company and have large range of seeds and they have an online shop
10 Nov 10, David (Australia - temperate climate)
I was having problems locating the seeds in Perth. Bunnings did not have them and my local Waldecks had never heard of Amaranth. I finally managed to buy them on ebay. The seller has a website - australianseed.com Does anyone have any tips on how to get seeds to germinate successfully?
11 Nov 10, Sri (Australia - temperate climate)
With Amaranth you need to use a seed raising mix but dont raise them in a tray they do best direct sown. Keep the soil moist until they germinate (nice sunny spot),i recommend you thin them out to 30cm spaces between plants as they grow and be prepared for them to get as tall as 8-9 feet tall if your soil is high in nitrogen.
06 Sep 11, (Australia - temperate climate)
Chia seeds from Kakulus Bros in William Street will grow into Amarantus- I ended up with different types according to Black, white etc Chia seeds... found out by accident when the moths got into the seed in my cupboard and I threw it into my chicken coop! Some of them reached 3m tall, careful though they are difficult to harvest and come up everywhere!
13 Feb 12, karen (Australia - temperate climate)
just throw them into the ground and walk away, this is what i did then a year later i had ample supply and have done a second time around they do self seed once they get started. I threw seeds in august and had amaranth by February. Good luck as they do look wonderful and i will try eating them soon.
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can someone tell me if this is an edible plant ?I have heard the name before but no little about it.I love growing and eating the unusual.

- Garry

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