Amaranth (Red Garnet) Seeds
VEGE-AMAR-1-1Regular price $2.20
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)