Adaptive Seeds

Amaranth, Sunset Goldilocks (Organic)

$3.25$60.00

Amaranthus sp. Grain. 45 days leaf; 90 grain.

Stocky plants grow 4-5′ tall for us, producing mostly light-gold heads packed with tiny blond seeds. Occasional bi-colored magenta plants are very beautiful and would be worth growing as an ornamental crop. Very early for a grain amaranth. Leaves can also be eaten raw when young or cooked like spinach when more mature. After plants are cut at the base for seed harvest, we have seen new leaves re-sprout, producing even more food! Overall a really great variety. We received it as a variable mix called Sunset Dwarf from Bountiful Gardens, grown at Golden Rule Garden. We re-selected heavily to eliminate any tall red plants and named it Sunset Goldilocks, since it has golden locks, and is not too tall and not too short. Enjoy!

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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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