‘Amont’ (Seed Amaranth)

Amaranth / Αmarante / Βλύτα
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Common Name: Amaranth / Αmarante / Βλύτα

Scientific Name: Amaranthus cruentus


Plant’s cycle: Annual

Light Requirement: Full Sun, it cannot grow in the shade.

Soil type: all soil types, well-drained.

Sowing in nursery: in April

Direct Planting: Mid May to beginning June

Germination: 3–5 days after sowing

Harvest: 28 + days

Spacing: 15cm/20cm/1cm deep  


Flowers are Monoecious, (flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant)

Pollination: cross pollinated by wind

Plant is Self-Fertile

Seed preservation: 10 years


Edible Parts: Leaves, seeds.

Known Hazards: When grown on nitrogen-rich soils they are known to concentrate nitrates in the leaves. This is especially noticeable on land where chemical fertilizers are used. Nitrates are implicated in stomach cancers, blue babies and some other health problems. It is inadvisable, therefore, to eat this plant if it is grown inorganically.


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