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Basic Collection Information and Status
Amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus, Amaranthaceae)Cultural Affiliation n/a
Collection Site Morelos, Mexico (latitude: 19°; altitude: 4,900 ft / 1,500 m)
Collection Year 1979
Accession Status Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
Collected in Morelos, Mexico. A variable variety with some red, some green, and some marbled inflorescences. The green leaves have light red or white venation. Black and white seeds.
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Characterization and Evaluation
There are currently no observational data available for this accession. If you have made observations of this accession and are willing to share them, please contact us.
|Amaranth Introduction||Cultivation Instructions||Seed Saving Instructions|
|Grown by Indigenous people of the Americas for millennia, the small grain is rich in lysine and the young leaves are high in calcium and iron.||Plant in spring after soil warms or with summer rains. Broadcast and rake in, or plant 1/4" deep in basins or rows. Thin the edible seedlings to 10-15" apart. Grows taller if soil is enriched with compost. Likes full sun.||Amaranth species are wind / insect pollinated and will readily cross. To prevent this, put paper or cloth bags over flower heads. When ripe, cut off dried heads and lightly beat in a bag to remove seed. Screen or winnow off chaff.|
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