Direct-Sow Basics

Amaranth Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:6”-18”
Days to Germination:3-10 days
Germination Temperature:60°-80°F

This wine-red ornamental is also a good salad green. Heat-loving, it can be direct-sown outdoors after all danger of frost has passed in warmer areas. In colder areas, it may be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out after the last frost. Sow seeds in good seed-starting medium with even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. Prepare bed in full sunlight with rich, well-draining soil. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them to outside conditions for 1 to 2 weeks before transplanting out. When plants are 4" to 8" tall, thin or transplant 6" to 18" apart. For salad greens, harvest thinnings and whole young plants. Larger, mature leaves may be cooked like spinach. Seed heads will form on mature plants and may be harvested, dried, crushed and winnowed. This grain may be used in high-protein, gluten-free red flour or as cereal.