Common names include edible amaranth, Chinese spinach, Joseph's coat
|Germination||start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost or direct sow after frost, sow 1/4 deep, germ. (8-12 days)|
|Requirements||full sun, drought tolerant but prefers most soil, moderate water req.|
|Harvest||leaves (40-50 days), seeds (115-125 days)|
|Uses||edible*(leaves, seeds, stems), utility (dye)|
|Notes||Amaranth can concentrate nitrates from the soil. Do not use chemical fertilizers (ever, but especially here). Seeds from amaranthus spp. should be blanched in water several times before consuming to remove toxins (saponins).|
|Breed Status||open pollinated|
|Seeds Per Oz.||≈ 34000|
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