Red Amaranth has oval, almost heart shaped leaves that are a deep red at the center and gradually transition to a medium green around their edges. Their flavor is similar to that of spinach.
How to Grow Red Amaranth
- Latin Name: Amaranthus cruentus
- Days to Maturity: 45- 50
- Hardiness Zone: 7- 12
- Soil ph: 6.5 to 7.5
- Temperature: Hot/ Humid
- Light Preference: Full Sun
- Depth: ¼"
- Plant Spacing: 6"
- Row Spacing: 18"
- Pests/Diseases: Rust, leaf spot and root rots
- Seed Count:
- 1 oz.- Approximately 48,900 Seeds
- 4 oz.- Approximately 195,600 Seeds
- 1 lb.- Approximately 782,400 Seeds
Amaranth is drought tolerant and a fairly hardy plant. Harvest leaves as needed. Younger leaves are great in salads while more mature leaves are often used as a substitute in the kitchen for spinach.