Amaranth, Sunset Goldilocks (Organic)
Amaranthus sp. Flower/Grain. 45 days leaf; 90 grain.
Stocky plants grow 4-5′ tall, producing mostly light-gold heads packed with tiny blond seeds. Some beautiful bicolored strawberry blond plants are also part of the genepool. Sunset Goldilocks is worth growing as an ornamental crop alone. 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, new leaves may 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 selected heavily to eliminate any tall dark red plants and named it Sunset Goldilocks, since it has golden locks, and is not too tall and not too short.
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.
Isa B. (verified owner) –
Where did you grow this variety? Southeastern US
The seeds were delivered in the promised window (due to COVID). I cold soaked some for a few hours and smeared on top of some potting soil and, no lie, I had germination the next day. Theyre growing much faster and hardier than my Pygmy Torch variety (from another seed source) and now I have so many plants because I didn’t expect so many to take and live. They’re almost 2 months old now and I’m a super happy plant mama – New Orleans, LA
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