Growing Amaranth, also Love-lies-bleeding

Amaranthus caudatus : Amaranthaceae / the amaranth family

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions

  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 64°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 7-8 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Onions, corn, peppers, egg plant, tomatoes
  • Amaranth flowers
  • Amaranth seedling (CC BY-SA 3.0 Bruce Ackley, Ohio State University)

Amaranth sp are frequently grown as flower plants and have many colour variations.

Amaranth tricolor is known as Chinese spinach and has an insignificant flower.

Needs a warm sunny position. Avoid heavy soils. Poor germination rates are common

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Amaranth

Both leaves and seeds can be used. Excessive intake is not recommended .
Suggestions for use and warnings can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amaranth

Your comments and tips

28 Aug 22, Carole (USA - Zone 7b climate)
I live in Prescott Arizona which has four seasons. Should I plant the Amaranth directly into the ground or start it in a pot? And what time of year should I do this? Thank you
11 May 22, Diane (USA - Zone 6b climate)
Is Amaranth perennial in Cleveland, Ohio/
22 Jan 22, Bill Horn (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Living in Palm Springs. What variety of Amarthants should I try to grow. I have shaded North side or a VERY sunny West patio landscaping beds and patio......in ground or in pots? Help please. Bill
24 Jan 22, Anonymous (USA - Zone 5b climate)
Any variety and a sunny position. Pots require a lot of looking after.
08 Jul 21, Kristen (Canada - zone 4a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Hello! Im trying to find where these beauties are perennial. Everywhere i look it seems like it isnt perennial anywhere. I know i can just collect the seed, but I’d still like to know what zone they will come back at. Thanks!
10 Jul 21, (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
From the guides here it does not recommend planting it in Canada. There are no planting times in the guide. Also from a quick read it seems like it is an annual.
28 Mar 21, Sithy (Australia - temperate climate)
Can we eat and cook amaranath love lies bleeding
23 Apr 21, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sithy. You can eat Amaranth leaves and seeds. Cook the leaves. Add seeds to whatever you want. Do NOT eat raw! Do not eat stalks. Information here, on Gardenate indicates it is edible.
13 Jun 20, Rupa (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Can I sow the amaranthus seed now(June month). Will it work?? I am living in zone10a
19 May 20, Pat obrien (Australia - tropical climate)
Is there a variety of amaranth that could be more suitable for growing in the cooler Months in the tropics?
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