How to grow Amaranthus gangeticus

Amaranthus gangeticus growing herbaceous of the genus Amaranthus and also known as Elephant head amaranth, Amaranthus gangeticus shot perennial evergreen or in cold weather an annual plant, it’s edible plant and mostly used as ornamental plant, grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate, tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 2+.

Leaves edible in oval shape, the leaves color can be: green, purple or something in between.

Amaranthus gangeticus flower

Flowers small purple or red and grow on inflorescence stalk, the seeds are also edible.

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Requirements for Amaranthus gangeticus growing and care:

Cover soil (mulch)

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Aggressive, can be weed

Planting season:
Spring to summer

Pests and diseases:
Apids, prodenia

Pruning season:

How to prune:

Size of the plant?
0.8-1.5 m, 32-60 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Irrigation water management requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Purple or red small flowers, inflorescence stalk

Thinning / Deadheading of Blossom:
Not recommend cause the seeds are also edible

Pollination is done by:
Bees, fly

Edible leaves

When to trim the leaves?
Spring / Summer / Autumn

How to trim the leaves?
Cut the stems or just leaves from the base

Information about leaves:
Oval, the leaves color can be: green or purple

Uses of leaves:
Eaten raw, salad, stir fry, cooked

Scientific name:

Amaranthus tricolor gangeticus

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