Has anyone grown Quinoa in 8b?

sjp8987July 29, 2008

Hello all,

I bought some Quinoa seeds to plant but I've never grown this before. I'm growing it for ornamental reasons so I am wondering when I should plant the seeds, start indoors? how long does it take for them to bloom, etc?

Thanks!

Samantha

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

I'm guessing it will. Amaranth is native and has adapted cultivars here in TX.
I'm not sure tho. I didn't even know what Quinoa was until I found out I had Celiac and had to find alternate foods for common grains.
"Quinoa is sometimes referred to as a "pseudocereal" because it is a broadleaf non-legume that is grown for grain unlike most cereal grains which are grassy plants. It is similar in this respect to the pseudocereals buckwheat and amaranth"PJ

    Bookmark   July 29, 2008 at 11:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
shebear(z8 NCentralTex)

I'd be interested in learning how it turns out. This is an amazingly complete protein source. Whole Foods makes a great dish with it. It originated in South America and considering tomatoes and potatoes and maize (corn) got adopted by Europe, I find it strange that they didn't adopt the really nutritious food. Complete protein sources that don't have lots of fat are hard to find so I wonder why it's not used more in the US.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2008 at 11:28PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
linda_tx8(8)

A friend of mine (San Antonio area) want to grow Quinoa also and has looked at the info about it. It seems that Quinoa is native to the Andes, so it apparently prefers weather that is more moderate than Texas usually has. In other words, hot weather over 90F is a problem for it. And the plant can sustain a bit of damage from freezing temperatures. I'd look for a short-season variety if you can. You could check with Seeds of Change...maybe they have something like that. Or just try what you have and see how it goes. Where it's grown commercially in N. America, it's usually started in spring, but I don't know...those are much cooler climates. Hmmm...maybe early fall?

    Bookmark   August 2, 2008 at 5:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mistiaggie(z9A Tx)

Bumping this up----did anyone have success with their crop?

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 9:00PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Low growing native shrub?
I keep seeing photos of houses with dwarf yaupon in...
marti8a
anyone seeing bluebonnets blooming yet?
I am on vacation this week and would love to take a...
PKponder TX
I'm moving over here :) Castle looking house
Hi all! I recently posted pics over on the landscaping...
joannatmf
Banner year for Dutch iris?
Unknown Dutch iris bulbs we received ages ago as one...
bostedo
'Terri's Pink', Hibiscus mutabulis 'Rubra'
Anyone know where to purchase this plant? 'Terri's...
ruthz
Sponsored Products
Arteriors Home - Infinity Standing Sculpture - 4223
Great Furniture Deal
Hand-tufted Ellis Seafoam Green Shag Rug (5'0 x 7'6)
Overstock.com
Elk Lighting 91-243 French Pierce Table Lamp - 91-243
$198.00 | Hayneedle
Troy Barbell Solid Alloy Olympic Bar - AOB-1500B
$389.91 | Hayneedle
Springform Pan Set
$10.99 | zulily
Satin Nickel Three-Light Bath Fixture
$102.00 | Bellacor
Angelina English Bronze Two Light Wall Sconce
$218.00 | Bellacor
Champagne and Ivory Bamboo Twin Duvet Cover
$125.09 | Bellacor
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™