- botanical name: Amaranthus
- height 2-3′
- spacing 18″
- full sun tolerant, morning sun/afternoon shade
- moist soil
- uses in garden: as a border, as an edging
- use in salads
*Please note: We accept plant orders at any time of the year and if you prefer to place an order outside our regular shipping months of April-May, ordering is still easy. “Why we only ship in April and May”
Due to the nature of shipping live plants, when you place an order, we will simply hold your order and ship it at the proper time for your zone, when weather permits in April 2013. Seed packets are shipped year round through USPS.
For more information see our “Ordering and Shipping Policy.”
** Amaranth, Red plants are unavailable for purchase this season. Amaranth, Red seeds are available though, you can purchase them by clicking here.
Red Amaranth is a salad herb with mildly flavored leaves. It adds a splash of rich color and extra nutrition to salads! The ornamental quality of its large, red-centered foliage makes a bold statement in the garden contrasting nicely with other herbs and bedding plants. Red Amaranth thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Greens are well-adapted to growing in cool greenhouses for vitamin rich winter salads and cooked dishes. This particular variety of Amaranth should not be confused with other varieties which flower. This one does not.
Sow from early spring through mid-summer (late summer where winter is mild). Sow thinly, covering seeds 1/4″-1/2″ in rows about 18″ apart. The best insect pest control on young plants is the use of fabric row covers, which prevent the insect’s access to the plants. Prevent disease with crop rotation and sanitation.
Harvest about 30 days after sowing. Greens mature in about 50 days and should be harvested before flowering. Harvest young leaves for best flavor.
Amaranth, Red seeds are also available. Purchase them here.