Mix, Amaranth Alliance (Organic)
Amaranthus sp. Flower/Grain. 65-95 days.
A fun and beautiful way to explore amaranth diversity. Amaranth Alliance contains flower and grain types in a rainbow of colors, with several reds, plus pink, green, bronze, and bicolors in the mix. Very ornamental – a festive backdrop for the garden. Equal parts Copperhead, Coral Fountain, Green Tails, Love Lies Bleeding, Rio San Lorenzo, Rodale Red Leaf Grain, and Sunset Goldilocks. All leaves and seeds in this mix are also edible. This is a physical mixture and not a genepool.
Sow in pots indoors in April for planting out in May, or direct sow after danger of frost. 12–18″ spacing. Harvest for greens at any time; harvest grain when seeds rub off easily in your hand, but before seed head is crispy dry. Windrow or hang over a tarp to dry for several days, then dance, rub, or shake seeds from seed heads. For larger crops, place dry plants on a tarp and drive on it with a vehicle. Winnow to clean or place seeds in a bowl and make a stirring motion with your arm; chaff rises to the top for easy removal.
For seed saving, isolate from other amaranths of the same species by 1⁄4 mile.