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.
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
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
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