Amaranth Seeds - Emerald Tassels
(Amaranthus caudatus) Annual.
Emerald Tassels offers a spectacular show of green flower/seed heads for your kitchen and floral arrangements. The seeds can be ground into flour or popped like popcorn and the leaves used in salads as you would spinach.
Growth Habit: Upright growth up to 6 feet with an abundance of round to heart shaped leaves and draping flower clusters. Taller plants may need stakes for support.
Sun Requirements: Full sun, thrives in hot, humid conditions
Soil Preference: Average, well-drained soil
When to Plant: Direct seed in late Spring after risk of frost has passed OR start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost date.
How to Plant:
Direct sow: sow seeds in soil, ⅛” deep, covering only very lightly as seed needs light to germinate. Keep soil moist until germination. Seeds should germinate in 10-14 days. Thin young plants 1-2 feet apart.
Transplant: sow seeds in containers ⅛” deep, covering only very lightly with soil as seeds need light to germinate. Keep soil moist under germination. Seeds should germinate in 10-14 days. Transplant out after risk of frost. Space young plants 1-2 feet apart.
When to Harvest: Harvest baby leaves as a microgreen; tender green leaves once the plant reaches at least 1 foot; cut flowers when nearly fully open through Summer and into Fall; seeds when they ripen in late Summer to early Fall.
How to Harvest: Cut baby leaves or pick mature tender greens as needed. Cut flowers on long stems, remove lower leaves to prevent premature wilt. Cut seeds heads and bundle them to dry indoors in a dry, dark space. You can knock the bundles inside of paper bags to easily gather seeds as they fall, then separate the yummy seeds from the papery chaff.
Uses: Amaranth has edible leaves, flowers, and seeds. Enjoy baby leaves as a microgreen, larger leaves as a tender cooked green, and finally the seeds as a high protein, gluten-free grain or flour. The mature, draping flowers are beautiful in fresh cut flower arrangements, including floral crowns.