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Characteristics: Annual 60-100 cm
Seeds per packet: Approx 50
Native to tropical America; an intensely red coloured amaranth that make an attractive addition to the flower bed and has the added bonus with leaves high in protein, vitamins and minerals. Very vigorous plant that can be cut young and are perfect for colouring up salads or used like spinach. Stems can also be cooked.
Tropical: Winter to Mid-Spring.
Temperate: Late Winter to Early-Summer.
Sow: 5mm deep.
For best results sow directly into soil where they are to grow.
Germination: 7-14 days.
Plant space: 80cm
Row space: 1 metre
Maturity: 10-12 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.
Adaptable to most soils in a sunny position. Drought resistant but frost tender.