Adaptive Seeds

Amaranth, Love Lies Bleeding (Organic)

$3.25$36.00

Amaranthus caudatus. Flower. 65 days.

Grown in the US as a popular ornamental because it is such a beautiful flower. Long streaming magenta seed heads yield tiny tan, edible seeds that have a slight pink hue. Very nice as a long lasting cut flower. Great crop for summer heat, tolerates neglect very well. Occasionally self seeds and can come back as a volunteer, however it is not weedy like pigweed. This species of amaranth is thought to originate in South America and was used by some indigenous cultures as a grain staple food.

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Sow in pots indoors in April for planting out in May, or direct sow after danger of frost. Space or thin to 12–18 in.

Seed Saving

Harvest for grain when seeds rub off easily in your hand, but before seedhead is crispy dry. Hang over a tarp to dry for several days, then dance, rub, or flail seeds from seedheads. Winnow to clean or place seeds in a bowl and make stirring motion with your arm; chaff rises to the top for easy removal. Isolate from other amaranths by 1/4 mile.

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