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Basic Collection Information and Status
Amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus, Amaranthaceae)Cultural Affiliation n/a
Collection Site Chimaltenango, Guatemala (latitude: 15°; altitude: 6,600 ft / 2,000 m)
Collection Year n/a
Accession Status Active
Catalog Information and Instructions
Collected in San Martin Jilotepeque, Guatemala. The leaves and “flowers” are green, with occasional red inflorescences. Seeds are blond.
Current availability of this variety is summarized below. We encourage the use of these seeds to benefit humanity and strive to facilitate access through a number of channels.Seeds of this variety are not currently available for distribution. If you are interested in this accession for research, seed increase, or repatriation purposes, please contact us.
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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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