What are the pros? Large, colorful, edible
What are the cons? Very tiny seedlings
I have Huazontle "bushes" standing 5-6' tall and strong in poor, tight, rocky soil, subjected this season to heavy winds and spring rains, then baking heat (typical Missouri conditions). The plants are thick with leaves that look like lamb's quarters but with strong hints of red. The leaves taste like lamb's quarters, too, though subtly different (and good). They ripened in great swaths of seeds, with many leaves turning flame red. I recommend this as a decorative substitute for spinach, great for giving partial shade to peppers and other plants that need protection in a Missouri July. This is my first year growing Huazontle. I started transplants in March and sowed directly in May. The transplants did better, but they start very tiny. Direct sowing is a gamble with the winds and rains as they are.
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