(Amaranthus) Amaranth is an annual pseudocereal that is used for its nutritious seeds and young foliage and also for ornamental use. Amaranthus is a diverse plant family that includes some garden weeds as well as cockcomb and celosia. Germinating amaranth is easy, but be careful with the seeds as they are very small and easy to spill! Sow seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost or direct sow after all chance of frost has passed. Surface sow seeds and cover lightly. Ideal germination temperature is 70-75F. Space 1-2 feet apart. Amaranth will tolerate drought, but it is more productive with adequate moisture. Harvest young leaves for greens. Amaranth seeds mature over a long period, so they must be collected several times for best production. You may also cut the plants and hang them upside down indoors, collecting seeds on a tarp as they fall. (Some threshing may be necessary.) This crop is easy to grow, quite colorful and makes delicious greens and grain. A good ornamental plant for landscaping.