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Also known as Chinese Spinach or Joseph's Coat, Amaranth is an ornamental annual, a valuable cutting flower and a culinary green. It may be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks prior to transplanting outside after the last spring frost date, or it may be direct-sown after the last possible frost date. It may be grown as a tender baby leaf for upscale salad mixtures or as a mature leaf when it may be cooked in much the same way as Spinach. As a mature leaf, its rich, earthy flavor is perfect in soups, stews and sautes. But wait, there's more. Amaranth seed can be crushed into gluten-free flour and its decorative red bracts can be used as a natural dye. It is one amazing plant. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 1 year.

Amaranth Hopi Red Dye

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100 days. An heirloom historically used by Native Americans, Hopi Red Dye Amaranth has bright red stems and foliage and tall, scarlet, feathery bracts that beg for attention in display gardens. Its scarlet-red leaves add bright color and bite to baby leaf salads and its mature leaves can be cooked in a multitude of ways like Kale or Spinach. Its seeds can be crushed and added to your favorite cornbread recipes to turn it red! Mature plants can grow 4' to 6' tall. (OP.)

One packet of about 1,500 seeds
Catalog #2840
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Gardening Tips

Direct-Sow Basics

Amaranth Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
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.

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