What are the pros? Gets huge
What are the cons? Hard to winnow the grain
Sowed some of those seeds in flats in early June because they are so tiny! I put six plants into the ground in a sunny spot about two weeks later. It was my first time growing amaranth and those did very well in our dry summer conditions (we are in continental western Europe). Those plants grew taller than me by the end of the season and I harvested the seed heads in early October. The stalks got impressively large and hard, too. You could easily dry them and repurpose them. I occasionally chewed a leave or two when the plants were still young. I assume one could harvest the greens regularly to prevent the plant from going to seed too fast if that's what you're interested in. Winnowing the harvested grain was a bit tedious, but I now have thousands of seeds which I'm going to share with my friends. The light green flower heads were gorgeous. The plant's root system also broke my heavy clay soil into sand haha Highly recommended!
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