Amaranth seeds

1234carlosFebruary 8, 2014

Any of you guys know where I can get some amaranth seed?

Thanks for your answers

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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Is there any particular variety that you're looking for? There's lots of different varieties (also called 'celosia') which are for ornamental use, and edible types for use as greens, or the grain variety from which we get quinoa, although I think I read the grain producing variety needs a cool climate to grow well.

I grow 'Amaranth Hopi red' as an ornamental. I didn't know until reading the link below that it is used as red dye by Hopi Native Americans. I also grow 'Celosia pink famingo feather'.

Has anyone here used amaranth for greens in salads or cooked?

Here is a link that might be useful: Lots of varieties sold here ...

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 12:49AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I grow it also, but it reseeds so readily in my garden, I do not save seed. Don't know where you live, but you might try posting in exchanges to see if someone has seed to share with you. Otherwise, I see them in the racks of seeds in many of the big box stores.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 10:06AM
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1234carlos

Thanks a lot for your help. For some reason Google did not find them for me.
I will go with "rareseeds.com"
By the way. I read that quinua prefers cold weather while amaranth grows better in hot one.
Am I correct?
I live in Austin

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 10:19AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

The two varieties of amaranths that I grow LOVE hot weather! I'll check my seed stash later today to see if I have any seeds. They reseed readily as Carrie says, but sometimes I save a few to pass around.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 10:28AM
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ruthz

carlos, I have Hopi Red Dye seeds if you are still looking.
And yes, it reseeds everywhere.
roselee, my daughter cooks some occasionally.
The leaves turn green when cooked and she said it taste similar to spinach.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 10:12AM
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GreatPlains1(7OK)

This is the best source for seeds I know of, they sell 15 different varieties for $2.95 /pack.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://shop.nativeseeds.org/pages/seeds

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 12:00AM
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1234carlos

Guys:
Thanks again for your help and offers.
I was looking for "red burgundy" but being a first timer any one will be greatly appreciated.

My address is:

Carlos Corral
11400 Hidden Quail Dr.
Austin, TX 78758

Should I send you a SASE?

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 10:20PM
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weldontx(z 8a TX)

Saw the question in an earlier post and am very interested in the answer "Does anyone use amaranth as greens or in salads?"
I grow my own greens- chard, kale, mustard, turnip-- and would like to know how the amaranth leaves are prepared....likewise, the seeds btw, get my seeds from Baker Creek-- rareseeds.com

    Bookmark   February 12, 2014 at 10:32PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Weldon, I love greens and always have a few growing, but I've never tried eating amaranth after reading online that it wasn't all that great. But maybe I'm missing something. They are certainly easy to grow -- that's for sure! Hopefully, someone here has tried it and will give some feedback.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tempted now to give them a try next summer ....

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 10:16PM
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DirtandYarn(7)

Quinoa and amaranth are two different plants and amaranth seeds are not the same as quinoa, though they are used similarily. I hope to grow amaranth this year for the first time. You'll find that one type is specialized for large seed, another for more tender leaves. Though the ornamental types are edible too, I'd imagine it would be like eating ornamental cabbages. Yes, you can eat it, but do you want to? I plan to buy from Bountiful Gardens.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bountiful Gardens

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 10:31PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

You're riight DirtandYam, ornamental kale is too pretty to eat, but sometimes it's all I can find for sale to plant so I do .... :-) Same with the pretty colored Swiss chard.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 11:34PM
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ruthz

Carlos, if "red burgundy" is what you really want, I would hold out for that one. Once you plant Hopi Red Dye it will be coming up everywhere and you won't be able to tell which ones to pull out unless you plant them in a totally different area. At least that's what happens when I try planting a different kind.
I saw that Seeds of Change has Burgundy seeds.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 11:35AM
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weldontx(z 8a TX)

Thanks Ruth. I may just have to try to grow a little of this one.
How drought resistant is amaranth?

Weldon

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 10:21PM
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ruthz

Weldon, It comes up all over my flower bed which gets watered at least twice a week. I'm sure it would be fine as long it gets some water.
I haven't tried it, but my daughter occasionally eats it cooked. She prepares it like spinach.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 10:12AM
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burntplants(8/9TX)

When I lived in Austin, the decorative amaranth "Love-lies-bleeding" did great without any care or supplimental watering. It was planted in a raised bed with nive soil. The vegetable types should do as well.
For amaranth seeds check out seeds of change & southern exposure seed exchange.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 12:09PM
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1234carlos

I got four different varieties of amaranth seeds from a very nice lady (M. N.) Thank you a lot.
Good manners dictate I should send you a personal thank you note. But while I was absorbed contemplating the seeds, a pair of two years-old mischievous girls grab the envelope. I found it happily swimming in the bath tub. The return address was unreadable.
I apologize for being unable to thank you in a proper manner. I hope you see this post.
Carlos

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 10:12AM
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marcie_new(z8)

Thanks for letting me know that you received the envie as I said I shared half of what I have , I hope the seeds are ok. and you are welcome . I am almost your neighbor 56 miles down the road from you.Welcome to Gardenweb marcie-new

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 11:31AM
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