About our amaranth seeds
- Multiple varieties of amaranth to choose from
- Both ornamental and edible
- Can be used in cut flower arrangements
what makes amaranth so popular?
Many gardeners have popularized amaranth as an ornamental flower. However, it is also an edible plant that is grown in many parts of the world for its grain-like seeds. The use of amaranth as a decorative plant is relatively new, as historically it has been grown as source of food in countries all over the world. In fact, it is considered an ancient grain! Edible amaranth is frequently grown for the bountiful seeds that hang like chandeliers from the plant. Amaranth varies in flower, leaf, and stem color from crimson to maroon, making a real point of interest in the yard. There are many varieties, some that grow up to a towering ten feet tall! It's great stalks make for a wonderful trellis for vine plants such as beans and peas to climb up. Not only that, but it's grain provides delicious treats for birds. Bees are also attracted to the flowers produced by amaranth.
when and how to plant amaranth seeds
Start your amaranth seeds in the spring. While you can direct sow the seeds, we recommend starting them indoors about six to eight weeks before the last frost is expected. Select a site that receives full sun and has well-draining soil (not dense clay). Plant the seeds about 10 to 12 inches apart and then cover them lightly with soil. The seeds will germinate within three to four days, so long as the temperatures are between 60 and 90°F. When ready to transplant outdoors (if you started indoors), sow them about one to two feet apart. Because it is drought resistant, it is only necessary to water once or twice a week during dry periods. For tall plants, add some fertilizer once or twice a year, or add compost. The average amaranth grows between four and six feet tall, but with rich soil and plenty of nitrogen and phosphorous, the plants can reach heights as tall as eight feet.
Amaranth will continue to flower until the first hard frost, meaning there will be plenty of seed to harvest in the meantime! After about three months, seeds from the flowers will be ready to harvest. Simply shake the flower heads and catch the falling leaves with a large bowl or bag. If you aren't looking to harvest the seeds, you can also, cut and dry amaranth and include them in dry flower arrangements.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for amaranth seed, see the Amaranth Seeds Planting Guide.