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Amaranthus 'Tricolor'

Amaranthus gangeticus

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It appears on the coat of arms of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where it is called "flowers gentle". A. tricolor and A. gangeticus is seen as the same plant. Amaranthus is a C4 -plant, known to be very effective in bonding CO2 and thus producing biomass. Uses: Ornamental. Herbaceous. Medicinal. Dye

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Young leaves are tender and nutritious and have a delicate pea-like flavour. Harvested at babyleaf stage leaves are ideal for salads or garnish, or mature for steamed vegetable or soups. Seeds can be harvested 30-50 days after sowing. Bag seedheads to capture ripening seeds.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time best in Spring/Summer at a depth of 1 mm (Sprinkling seeds and lightly covering them will do). Plant sometimes self-seeds. Germination time between 10 to 14 days.

Geography

Origin
Tropics of South America
Natural climate
Mediterranean, Sub-tropical, Temperate and Tropic

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
Ornamental. Herbaceous. Medicinal. Dye

Personality

Family
Amaranthaceae
Flower colour
Green or Redish Pink
Scent
None

Problems

Water-soaked lesions on stems means Wet rot so do not plant crop densely. Treat fungi with copper fungicides. Pigweed weevils feed on the foliage, unfortunately best to stop spread is to uproot and destroy infested plants.

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