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Red Garnet



Fast growing purple amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus) often cultivated as small leaves for salads. Very similar to the Hopi Red Dye, but has somewhat stronger violet colour on the underside of the leaves when young and will not be as big as fully grown. The flavour is mild. A portion contains about 500 seeds. MOFGA-certified seed. See under Info etc. - Ecologically grown seeds.


Product number:1245
Scientific name:Amaranthus cruentus
Botanic family:The Amaranth Family - Amaranthaceae
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:Pre-cultivate: April/Direct sow: June–July
Sowing depth:0,5 cm
Germination time:5–8 days
Plant spacing:5–10 cm baby leaves/20–35 cm whole plant
Row spacing:35–50 cm
Height:150 cm
Plant location:Sun
Seeds/g:1300 seeds
Heirloom variety:No

Cultivation advice


Sow the tiny seeds 0,5 cm deep in April-May and plant out when the soil is warm enough and the risk of frost is over. Sow directly only when ground temperature is about 15 degrees. Sow thinly. Often broadsown for babyleaf harvest. 


When grown as baby leaves the plants can stand close together, 5-10 cm. Otherwise they need a mutual space of 20 cm and 35-50 cm between rows. 


Enjoy the mild taste of the leaves as colourful babyleaves and larger in salads. The large leaves can be cooked for a few minutes. The taste resembles that of spinach. The seeds are often used in porrige or popped or ground to flour or used for sprouts.


1300 seeds/1 g. A portion contains about 500 seeds.