Amaranthus are one of the most incredible plants we Florida (And not only Florida) gardeners can grow.
They are special in the gardens.
Wow!... is the response they always get in a garden. They can be cooked as any other usual greens, and used in salads and taste very much like fresh Spinach and never bitter or harsh. These survive in our hot, humid climate through the Summer months... They are worth researching and well worth growing... Summer Poinsettias they are!
No, I don't grow it, but you now have me wanting to. Those are lovely. What is the first (left) posted
cultivar? How do you cook it, you said similar, are there any changes? Does it have a spinach flavor?
Thanks for this post too, learn something new every day :)
Wow those are really pretty! I bought some seeds for the summer poinsettia one last year but never planted them. I am going to do it for sure this year. I got some amaranthus seeds called 'Tigerleaf' amaranthus and another one named, 'Manna' from Echo. Has anyone tried either one of those? They are supposed to be edible too.
One year I bought plants at either HD or Lowe's of amaranthus. I remember they were beautiful all summer. Will have to order some seeds so I can have more than just a couple.
Deland is not far from me and hopefully I will be hosting another RU in March or April. Hope you can come and bring some seeds or plants. We have such a good time and exchange many plants. Food is always great too.
When I can pin down more folks for a date it will be in plant RU forum and of course in this forum.
But you're not eating yours except as a leaf vegetable; not as a grain, I mean.
My REAL name is Carolyn. I'm named after my grandmother Carolyn, but she was born a Caroline and changed her name in the 1920s to be trendy. I think other women's names like Madeline/Madelyn, Katharine/Kathryn, Gwendoline/Gwendolyn (but I'm making this all up); still, I know there are other names that switched from E to Y to be "trendy" I just don't know which they were.
I ordered 2 varieties from Park. Also got 4 kinds of seed for sprouting. My Nasturtiums have sprouted and I'll be dosing them with organic fertilizer. I know fertilizer makes them more leafy, but I love the taste of the leaves.
If I fertilize with a weak fish emulsion mixture will my Nastys taste fishy?
I have to ditto David's response…Currently I'm growing Collard greens,Romaine lettuce,Baby spinach, and a 'Four Seasons' lettuce, along with some Radishes... and I've been fertilizing with nothing but fish emulsion…Delicious!!!! No off taste from the fish emulsion! It's great stuff! I've started using it on all of my plants…Edible and others! :-)
Guess I need to get busy & order some seeds. Spent 3 hours pulling the weeds out of the front garden yesterday & really do need to load that ares up with some nice, useful plants this summer. Lovely to look at & tasty to eat works for me.
Since some like amaranth raw, I'm assuming it taste better than New Zealand Spinach as a summer green? I wasn't too keen on NZ spinach, but we were planning to grow it anyway for lack of a better summer green. (Jim)
Amargia wrote:Since some like amaranth raw, I'm assuming it taste better than New Zealand Spinach as a summer green? I wasn't too keen on NZ spinach, but we were planning to grow it anyway for lack of a better summer green. (Jim)
Jim ~ I've heard others dislike NZ spinach. I've not tried it but do like Malabar spinach vine eaten raw. Also tried edible purslane for the first time last summer and I like it too. I've not sampled Amaranth but love the varied blooms.
My seedlings are up and looking pretty good, I have them inside since we go back and forth with temps. They are by a window for humidity on warm days and a daylight florescent light for extra light when window has to close. Planted them 2-6-13.
I have Illumination and Perfecta, the Illumination came up first with in a week and are twice the size of the Perfecta.
For those of you who have been talking to me on this thread and who have bought seeds, have them growing, and such;...I actually would like hearing from you should you have success and would love to share in their developments. I would like very much to see pictures of them in your gardens.
I almost felt like dismissing DG,...deleted all comments past,...and yet feel all of you kind folk who have been kind to me on this one thread in particular should not have been slapped in the face and ignored by my overdone choice to delete. I was not deleting any one of you. Just me.
Heck! I'm paid up for a year anyway and politics are crappy Globally!
Just letting you know I'm here still on this thread if anyone wants to ask me anything or wants to share their Amaranthus pic's and developments.
I'm glad you're here! You gave me an interest in a plant I'd not considred, always a good thing. I love your other posts too David. :)
Keep posting lovely pictures of your gardens-we're eating them up!
TrumpetFlowerz wrote:I'm glad you're here! You gave me an interest in a plant I'd not considred, always a good thing. I love your other posts too David. :)
Keep posting lovely pictures of your gardens-we're eating them up!
Couldn't have said it better myself. Sounds like you have a fan club, even if you feel like you are being stalked. lol
After this thread I am seeing Amaranthus seed in catalogues and seed sites everywhere I look. Thanks for making me notice and consider growing them again. Kristi
You reminded me that I forgot to order 'Hot Biscuits' and 'Tower Red' from Swallowtail this year Kristi, but I already have 5 varieties up.
The "Love Lies and bleeding" are incredible Qwilter with the only problem being the weight of the 'dreadlocks' gets heavy and right when they are looking their best the branches start snapping and especially after a windy day. They need tons of staking. I'm going to try them in a huge old hanging basket I have this year. I have seen others do that and they looked incredible that way...
You really know how to write Ardesia. What a great article and you taught me a few things I never knew!
I was smiling with you when you mentioned tomato cages for 'Love Lies and Bleeding' Qwilter...I did know not how tall and how much those things can sprawl out myself till first growing them. Once the strong center stalk gets to be about 4 ft tall and still growing, the sides and tops start reaching outward...
... That is when the 'dreadlocks' start appearing and you might find yourself thinking as did,."They look nothing in color like the bright colored pictures,...they are faded and less then I expected!"
Have no fears! They get brighter and brighter the more they develop. As they are developing though, the side stems supporting them continue to grow out to 3 feet radially.
I ended up having 6 or so stakes on each plant like spokes on a wheel around the base to support the weight of those seedpods. Was it worth the effort? You bet! The take on a really exotic Weeping Willow meets Asian art look.
Pet birds love these long pods hung in their cages as a treat for those who have birds!
I was glad to help Ardesia. Keep up the good writing...
I keep thinking to research that plant Jim, and am glad you reminded me... Thank you for the offer!
I have heard that some find it bitter? What is your experience...
David - so I'm guessing I should expect a much larger plant than I was anticipating. I've seen some really nifty supports made from 1 X 1 lashed together into multi pod looking contraptions. Might add some interest while being supports and easy enuf to construct.
Yes Qwilter. They are well worth the effort though. They will be standouts in your gardens even if you only keep one or two and share the rest with friends...
...I would like to say to those of you who have seedlings up already now,...That it really important to bring the seedlings inside and keep them a little extra warm the next couple of days here in our Northern/Central Florida areas just now with this hopefully last blast of Winter we are sharing. Sunny windows are a plus. They are kind of like okra getting them going...They will be slow and can be very sensitive to cold when they are young. They will grow like weeds for you once we finally get warm reliably again and our world heats up!
Well, I made the mistake of sampling NZ Spinach raw. Something I definitely would not recommend!!! My taste buds may not have given it a fair trial after that. The others here did as advised and waited until it had been cooked to sample it. They liked it well enough to plan for it in this year's garden. But, I did notice they seasoned it as they might turnip, collard or mustard greens. with soul seasoning and hot pepper sauce. Not as they would have seasoned spinach. Perhaps, a more accurate common name for Tetrogonia tetragonioides would be New Zealand Greens.
I went for the 'Golden Giant', Hopi Red Dye
and Love Lies Bleeding. . Sounds like I need to re-think the place I'd chosen for the LLB and plan on getting creative with the bamboo supports this summer. It is just so strange looking though I've got to give it a try. I think it is a plant my 7-year-old GS will get a big kick out of.
This cold snap is pushing as far south as you folks? (Jim)
I have read so much about Amaranthus and I wanted some kind of edible greens growing during our hot TX summer.
I did start a few plants indoor and threy grew very slow. I transplanted out at the beginning of April and some kind of insect did eat them over night ...
I'd like to try again this year. When do you think I could transplant them outside and be safe from insects?
Podster, I just had to re-submit my amaranth seed order because of a computer glitch and noticed the company carried golden purslane also. Added it to the order. Thanks for letting me know about it. Looking forward to trying it. (Jim)
They really do start slowly drthor. It's always been true for me, and if they don't get plenty of sunlight as seedlings they will quickly stretch into weaker seedings. I have found its all about warmth and light, and even so they seem to just sit there for a couple of weeks at first once germinated. I like to separate them into individual 2 or 3 inch pots when they reach .75 to 1 inch high and grow them to around 3 or 4 inches tall before setting them out in the gardens. I wish I could help you with the insect problems but I have been fortunate to not have had that problem, (knock on wood!) and so don't have an answer...
Good luck Jim. Now you have me thinking Purslane!...
They really will grow like that once in the ground Kristi. I have found them to be fairly drought tolerant and They do love the Sun. My front yard is non-stop Southern exposure from sunrise to sunset and you know what that says here! The Amaranthus love it. If they do wilt a little they are telling you they need a little extra water for sure. It will not be the Sun...
They do not like wet feet constantly at all. A little drier is much better then wetter from my experience. Hope this helps...
Maybe I'll get my seeds planted today. I emptied a couple small plastic containers yesterday. Just need to poke some holes & get seeds in. In a few days it will be warm enough to put them in the GH as it is very protected at nite & gets nice sun during the day.
I am looking forward to LLB in many spots this coming summer.
I am looking forward to those Summer Pictures of yours Kristi...
You'll have every seed you will ever need for next year within a 3 inch cutting of seeds from this years LLB's tassles this year Qwilter... Its a fact!
Today is so incredibly perfect. I sat my seedings out in the front in the sunniest area possible so they could soak up the rays...I am still going to bring them in and set them on the table in the front window as from past experience they seem to be telling me they might be happier at 68 at tonight (The temp I keep the house) then the 40 again overnight we have been forecast in DeLand. They can handle the forties easily and anything less then a frost but I want them to jumpstart!
These pictures are from today where I sat them in full sun as I was out and about...
Ardesia another great article. And I agree that David's photo is striking, sure got all of our attention.
I'm a bit bummed since we were gone for a week and my son was to water my seedlings and he forgot, I lost almost half of them. But thank goodness not all. I'm going to order the Love lies bleeding also...really like that one.
Hope these cold fronts are done with. I'll still bring my seeds inside at night since I know a rat took my key limes and one tomato, I wish my neighbors would stop killing the black snakes.
It really was a great article Alice wrote Sunkissed. We're getting back up to mid 50's at night again and literally "Thank God!" I have been babying (possibly foolishly!) early Okra seedling too and they seem O.K. but won't get really happy until the warm temps stabilize along with the Amaranthus. They start slow and grow fast though.
It doesn't take more then a few to make impact of the Amaranthus, and am looking forward to seeing pictures of your success!
Black Snakes are the only ones I have seen around here and fairly frequently in Summer. Spank and Bebeshnix (the Cats) love playing with them and never try to kill them;... Especially if they bring me a young one in their mouths proudly and I say,..."Give me that baby before you kill it!" I then take the baby and let it go somewhere far away as they keep wondering;..."Where did it go!!!!" Ha!
David Funny about the kitties. Mine are indoor cats, I have three and they have a huge porch they sit and watch over the garden, 40 foot long. I always know when they see a snake by the way they run along and watch it. Every once in awhile they see some critter after dark that sends them all running into the house scared to death. I'm still not sure what they are seeing that spooks them so much...maybe what ever stole my key limes and tomato.
I left my Amaranthus seedlings outside yesterday while I was out working in the garden and they really perked up. I'll keep taking them out to soak up some sun...I see a couple of upper 40's later this week on the weather forecast...ugh!
Those were fun pictures of the cats! The Tuxedo seems especially dignified Ha! My two are in and out all day with me and always in at night. They both romp around me and/or lay right near me when I work in the gardens. The two pictures I'm sending are sights of them I see daily outside. Spank is the Siamese and only 2 years old and Bebeze is 17 now.
I am willing to sweat a lot again I guess! In other words I am ready for morning temps to stabilize at 55 or better 60 plus so we can get growing!!!
Nice to see your kitties David. My husband and I are partial to Siamese, we had two when we were first married, many years ago.
Funny thing is my tux cat (Oreo) and the yellow cat (Simba) are actually from the same litter and all the other five cats of that litter looked Siamese or Himalayan. Simba sounds and acts like a Siamese. The gray cat my son found on the college campus a few years back.
We had a German Shepherd for 13 years but she's been gone now for over 3 years, she was my garden pal.
Thanks for sharing SK. Oreo is a great name for a tuxedo and my Mother had a favorite tri-color Basenji named "Bwana Simba". (A.K.A just plain "Simba" daily!) He was the most ornery dog I had ever known yet had charm when needed,...kind of like a Cat too!