Amaranthus tricolor is an ornamental annual plant.
Although it is native to South America, many varieties of amaranth can be found across the world in a myriad of different climates due to it being a C4 carbon fixation plant, which allows it to convert carbon dioxide into biomass at an extremely efficient rate when compared to other plants. This cultivar have striking yellow, red and green foliage.
The leaves may be eaten as a salad vegetable as well as the stems. In Africa, it is usually cooked as a leafy vegetable. It is usually steamed as a side dish in both China and Japan.
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.
Approximately 100 seeds in 0,1g packet.
Genus - Amaranthus
Species - Tricolor
Common name - Chinese Spinach ThreeColor
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 0,90 m
Spread - 0,50 m
Plant type - Annual flower
Exposure - Full Sun, partial shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) (pH 4,3-7,8)
Soil type - Rich, moist, well drained
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Ornamental vegetable. Nice accent to the herb and flower gardens
Bloom season - June to August
Leaf / Flower color - Yellow, Red, Green / --
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).
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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