Amaranthus seed saving

rocklandguyZ8,SCOctober 17, 2008

Can someone tell me when you can harvest the seeds from an amaranthus plant. I know they are clustered on the stem where the leaves come out. Do you have to wait until they are totally dried on the plant before you take them, or can you take them off and let them dry (before they fall off)? I tried finding postings on this, but the top of the page says they are missing old threads. Also, can these seeds be started indoors, under lights, similar to tomato plants, then transplanted outside when it warms up? Thanks! Paul

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bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)

Paul, those seeds are easy to harvest. You can start early and just shake those seed heads over a bowl and see what falls out. By the time it's dry and brown, those seeds seem to be gone and will be enthusiastic volunteers next year.

Amaranthus for me like warm soil but can be winter sown. I like to wait and late winter sow them. I don't do indoor germinating.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2008 at 7:42PM
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rocklandguyZ8,SC

Thanks bakemom, I'll try that! I keep checking them everyday and they don't seem to be drying out. It makes me think that I might just miss the seeds if they fall out. I was going to cut the stem off and put it in a bag, but didn't know if they would mature if I did that...

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 8:27AM
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seedmama(7)

Hi, trudi wrote this selection from the seed saving FAQs. I found it true that seeds ripened over a period of time. I just kept shaking every day until I had what I wanted.

Hope it helps
Seedmama

Here is a link that might be useful: Saving amaranth

    Bookmark   October 23, 2008 at 2:16PM
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proudgm_03(6 MO)

I put mine in a bag and let it dry then shook it. I got tiny little black seeds similar to celosia.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2008 at 1:25AM
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rocklandguyZ8,SC

Now I am trying putting them in a pail, (or bag), stirring and shaking the pail everyday, then dumping what is on the bottom of the pail onto a piece of window screen over a white bowl, and all the seeds sift thru the screen. Very little chaf with the seeds. I'm doing it with Celosia and Coleus also. It seems to be working great! Thanks everyone for heading me in the right direction!

    Bookmark   October 25, 2008 at 2:44PM
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