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For thousands of years, this striking and nutritious plant has been grown in the Southwest, first by the Aztecs and then later by the Native Americans of the region. This particular seed was originally collected in the Hopi community of Moenkopi in Northern Arizona. These plants will grow to a stately 4-6 ft. tall with green or burgundy leaves and deep red flowering plumes that reach an additional 1-2 ft. This amaranth is particularly versatile: in addition to utilizing the bright red flowers for a natural food dye (the Hopis color their piki bread with this), young leaves can be eaten raw or steamed and seeds are edible.
Amaranths are both wind and insect pollinated and will readily cross. Flower heads should be covered with cloth or paper bags to prevent this. Heads can then be easily cut off when dry and beaten lightly in the bag to extract seed. Screen or winnow off chaff.
Germination Temp: 60-85°F
Germination Time: 3-10 days
Days to Maturity: 70 days to flower, 110 days to seed
Each package contains approximately 300 seeds/0.3 g.
After the soil warms in spring (or with the summer rains), broadcast and rake in or plant ¼" deep in basins or rows. Seedlings will be edible and should be thinned to 10-15" apart. Plants like full sun.
What's In The Package: Each packet contains 0.3 grams or approximately 300 seeds.