Chinese spinach (Amaranthus Tricolor Calaloo Red Leaf) 500 seeds (#877)

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Chinese spinach (Amaranthus Tricolor Calaloo Red Leaf) 500 seeds (#877)

It is a very ornamental plant and is often grown in the flower garden
A favorite vegetable throughout the Caribbean. The leaves can be cooked and used in the same way as spinach and the young leaves and stems can be harvested to use in salads.
Delicious served with onions, tomatoes and garlic for a Caribbean classic.
Large, tender leaves with deep red centers. Heat-loving green from Asia that tastes like spinach. Great in containers.
Prefers a light well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position, though it does succeed in heavier soils. Tolerates fairly acid soils. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.3 to 7.8.
This is basically a tropical plant and so requires a hot sheltered position in temperate climates if it is to do well.

Genus - Amaranthus
Species - Tricolor
Variety - Calaloo Red Leaf
Common name - Chinese spinach
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Annual vegetable / flower
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Hardiness zones - 2 - 11
Exposure - Full Sun
Height - 3-6' / 0,90 - 1,80 m
Spread - 1-3' / 0,30 - 0,90 m
Growth rate - Fast
Leaf / Flower color - Green - burgundy / --
Soil PH - acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) (pH 4,3-7,8)
Soil type - light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Beds and Borders, Container. Colorful/Burgundy Foliage

***Outdoor sowing:
Sow from April to August directly in the growing position. Sow thinly in rows 30 cm apart, cover with fine soil. Firm gently and keep moist.
Germination in 7-10 days.
When large enough, thin to 7,50 cm apart for baby leaf or for mature plants thin to a final spacing of 20 cm.
Harvest from June to October (days to maturity: 40-50 days).
***Indoor sowing:
Sow from March to August in trays of seed compost. Sow thinly, cover lightly with compost.
Cover with clear glass, polythene or propagator lid.
Keep at +18-+21C moist. Remove cover when seedlings appear. Place in light airy location.
Harvest June to October.

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