Amaranth (Red Garnet) Seeds


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Amaranth is a stunning tropical plant.  The leaf is often used in Asian, Caribbean and South American cuisine, or as a salad microgreen.  Urban Bounty's Red Garnet Amaranth seed packets contain approximately 225 seeds - why buy more than you need?  

What is Amaranth (Love-lies-bleeding, Chinese Spinach)?

Amaranth (Amaranthus) is a warm-weather leafy vegetable and ancient grain (similar to quinoa). We love the absolutely stunning tropical feel that this red Amaranth variety adds to the garden. Its dramatic maroon foliage and deep red blooms would also look at home in a coastal or cottage garden.

Culinary Uses for Amaranth

Amaranth can be used in Asian, Caribbean and South American cuisine - it pairs especially well with soya sauce, ginger, lemon and radish. Grow it as a micro green, try it as a vivid addition to salads or push the boat out and make Caribbean Callaloo.  Or allow it to mature and use the leaves and stalks in soups and stir fries instead of spinach. 

If you are really keen, you could even let this plant go to seed and harvest the seeds to use in place of quinoa.   The seeds make a nice nutty-flavoured addition to homemade muesli, smoothies or porridge.

Growing Conditions - Red Garnet Amaranth Seeds

Amaranth thrives in rich, free draining soil with a neutral ph level. Choose a sunny spot that is sheltered from frost and the wind. Amaranth will tolerate a mild spell of dry weather but prefers a moderate amount of water. Aubergine, beans, peas, tomatoes and marigolds are good companion planting choices.

This plant is one of the larger varieties that Urban Bounty sells - in the right conditions it can grow up to 1.6 metres and 60 cm wide.  This means it is better suited to a medium-sized garden space and isn't appropriate for a pot. Pop it at the back of your garden bed where it will add height and visual appeal. 

What climate does Amaranth prefer? 

Amaranth is a tropical plant, which needs warm soil to germinate and a warmer climate to thrive.   In warmer parts of New Zealand, this plant is at its best in the height of summer.  Plant in late spring or summer.

Sowing Instructions - Amaranth Seeds

  • Direct sow: Early - late summer (when soil has reached 21 degrees Celsius)
  • Spacing: 8 cm
  • Sowing depth: 4 mm (barely cover with soil)
  • Keep soil moist but not soggy
  • Germination: 7 - 10 days
  • Maturity: 30-50 days (harvest leaves as needed)

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.