Our guide to growing amaranth will teach you everything from spacing, sun and soil, planting instructions and tips for care.
What soil is good for Amaranth?
Will adapt to most soil types. Prefers rich, well draining soil.
How much sun does Amaranth need?
Is Amaranth frost tolerant?
No. Amaranth seeds require warm soil to germinate, both seeds and seedlings can be damaged by spring frosts. The best time to plant is in mid spring, once soil has warmed.
How much space does Amaranth need?
Roughly 45cm apart
When should I plant Amaranth?
Sow indoors in winter for an early start or in spring once the soil has warmed.
Amaranth seeds are very small, sprinkle over a prepared area and cover with a light layer of soil, or just water them in allowing them to sink naturally into the soil.
Transplant in mid spring once the risk of frost has passed.
If transplanting, plant out in the early morning or evening and/or on an overcast day. Avoid planting at peak sun times and on windy days, this will allow your plants to settle in comfortably and protect them from windburn and sunburn.
Once seedlings are a reasonable size, mulch the soil around them well to retain moisture.
What do I feed Amaranth?
Before planting, prepare the soil by working in compost. Feed with a very light application of organic fertilizer throughout the season if leaves show signs of deficiency.
When can I harvest Amaranth?
Harvest leaves as required
What pests does Amaranth get?
Flea Beetle, Japanese Beetle, Lygus Bugs
What diseases does Amaranth get?
Generally disease free