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

Your comments and tips

15 Apr 19, Melinds (USA - Zone 8b climate)
If you can grow Amaranth to full maturity on your property then it will produce viable seed, but being in a cold climate will be pretty lucky if it will germinate without you actually starting the seeds indoors early enough to make it possible to grow from seed to full maturity again. But you could grow it and save your mature seed and start them each year in pots. Hope this helps. Happy Gardening!
23 Mar 21, CoffeeLover76 (USA - Zone 5a climate)
almost if not all amaranth such as palmer amaranth, prostrate pigweed, Powell amaranth and many more are all able to self seed and germinate, as such they are classified as weeds more than as a horticultural crop. The winter actually helps them with that, it puts them into a dormant stage which is required prior to them germinating the next year. of course if there is a quick warm time and then it gets cold again the seed could start germinating too early and ultimately die off prior to the right temperatures staying. But in most cases the first reason above is why they autoreplenish at a incredible rate.
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