Amaranth - Vegetable gardening at home

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How to plant Amaranth:

  • Amaranth are grown from seed.

  • They prefer a warm climate, full sun, and a well drained soil

  • Amaranth grows well in average soils but dense clay soils are unsuitable for amaranth

  • To grow Amaranth in containers, prepare the potting mix of  40% homemade compost along with 60% of soil medium which contains equal normal soil and coco peat

  • Amaranth has longer roots, hence with a depth of  9" depth or more

  • Amaranth seeds are very fine, so the seeds are sprinkled over the potting mix.

  • Sow Amaranth seeds after the soil has begun to warm in the spring

  • Amaranth prefers warm weather.

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Irrigating Amaranth

  • The plants need to be watered when you feel that the soil is dry.

  • This can be done by touching the soil before watering.

  • The amaranth plants will be sturdy and they have the capability to withstand a little amount of drought even at the time of peak summer.

  • Anyways, the leaves of Amaranth will get scorched when they are exposed to a large amount of sunlight or for longer durations of sunlight.

  • In this case, you will need to move the amaranth plants to a partially shaded area by exposing them to sunlight only in the mornings at the time of summer

  • Don't overwater, or you run the risk of root rot or fungal diseases

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How to care Amaranth

  • Amaranth requires less maintenance.

  • Before planting, apply a light application of a balanced organic fertilizer all over the soil

  • They naturally resists most pests and diseases

  • Weed around amaranth regularly to prevent competition for water and nutrients from nearby plants.

  • Amaranth does not require fertilization during the growing season.

  • Once the plants reach about one foot in height, they start growing rapidly and quickly shade out any remaining weeds 

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Harvesting Amaranth

  • The plants will take up to 4 - 5 weeks to come to a height of 12 inches.

  • The leaves must be harvested in two ways.

  • The complete plant can be cut at the root base or you can only cut the leaves which are at the top allowing the plants to regrow from the nodes.

  • New leaf will start growing from these nodes and will be ready for another harvest within just three weeks 

  • The leaves are tender and are much tastier

  • The plants will have a thick stem which can also be consumed

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