Amaranth Red Garnet (Amaranthus tricolor L.) is a brilliant magenta microgreen praised for its beautiful appearance. It has an earthy slightly sweet flavor that complements both sweet and savory dishes but is most popular as a garnish.
Common Name: Amaranth Red Garnet
Scientific Name: Amaranthus tricolor L.
Other Names: Edible Amaranth, Joseph’s-coat
Family Name: Amaranthaceae
Flavor: Mild sweet, earthy flavor
Seed Rate: 10g-15g per 10″ x 20″ tray
Seeds Per in2: 0.05g-0.075g
Avg. Yeild/1020 Tray: 150g
Weight Duration: 2-3 Days
Germination Time: 2-3 Days
Blackout Time: 2-3 Days
Harvest Time: 8-12 Days
Growing Difficulty: Hard
Did You Know
Dulce de alegria which is Spanish for “Sweets Of Joy” is a favorite indulgence in Mexico. It’s a candy-like treat made from popped amaranth mixed with honey and sugar.
Plant Details &
How To Grow Amaranth Red Garnet Microgreens
Growing amaranth red garnet can sometimes be challenging as they’re a delicate microgreen which is rather picky about its watering and temperature needs.
The great thing about amaranth red garnet is that once you nail your method down you can start enjoying its incredible appearance and start adding them to your salads or using them as a garnish to make your dishes pop. So let’s get started!
Step 1 Preparing Your Amaranth Red Garnet Seeds
First, you need to measure your seeds using a scale. The best seeding rate for a 10″ × 20″ tray is 10-15 grams. If you plan to grow them in a 10″ × 10″ tray then simply divide the total amount by two, in this case, 5-8 grams.
If you’re a rebel like me you can just eyeball it without weighing, just make sure that your seeds are approx ⅛-¼” (3-6mm) apart.
Once you’ve measured out your seeds you do not need to wash and pre-soak them. This is because amaranth red garnet seeds are very small about 1mm in diameter, and wetting them will make it a nightmare to spread them evenly on your growing medium.
Step 2 Sowing Your Seeds
Fill your tray with your preferred medium, it can be soil, potting mix, coco coir, etc, leaving 1-2cm of empty space from the tray edge to the soil level.
Leaving a small space between the tray edge and grow medium helps when it comes to harvesting, minimizing the chance of digging into the medium with your knife.
Make sure you level your medium with your hands so it’s not clumpy, you don’t want your seeds grouping together when you sow them.
First, mist your medium with a spray bottle so it’s damp but not saturated, I recommend this because when you sow your seeds they won’t bounce around and instead stick to the medium.
Spread your seeds across the medium making sure they’re evenly spread out. Lastly, mist your seeds so they’re all covered with a fine mist of water.
Step 3 Germination & Weight Period
Grab an empty tray with no holes and place it on top of your sowed seeds. Lightly push the tray down with your hands to push the seeds into the growing medium.
You don’t need to add additional weight into the empty tray as amaranth is somewhat fragile, and an empty tray is enough weight on its own.
This helps the seed radicle to bury into the medium when it emerges. Without weight, the radicles have a tougher time digging into the growing medium and anchoring itself.
Keep in mind that the seeds will germinate while they’re covered and weighed down. A lot of people confuse the germination and weight period to be independent of one another and that you add them together, this is incorrect.
The germination time is there to give you an idea by what time the seeds will germinate, but you don’t add the germination time and blackout period together.
While your seeds are germinating and are weighed down you will need to keep your medium moist. You can do this by lightly misting your seeds every 12 hours, once in the morning and once at night.
Step 4 Blackout Time
After 2-3 days of weight period, the seeds should have germinated and the seedlings should now be lifting the empty tray. It’s now time to remove the weight and start the blackout period.
Take your empty tray and flip it upside down to create a blackout dome and place it back over your seeds.
Keeping them in the dark for another 1-2 days will force the freshly sprouted seedlings to stretch and search for light allowing them to get some height.
You can now start bottom watering your microgreens. To do this you simply add water to your bottom drain tray. I personally add 1 cup of water twice a day (every 12 hours), once in the morning and once in the evening.
When the 1-2 days of blackout time have passed you can remove the top tray/blackout dome and introduce your microgreens to light. I’ve found that 17 hours under lights and 7 hours with the lights off work well for me.
Grow your amaranth red garnet anywhere from 8-12 days, following with daily watering of 2 cups per day, once every 12 hours.
Step 5 Harvest
Harvesting your amaranth red garnet microgreens is easy and you only need a sharp knife. I personally love and recommend the Green Mercer Produce Knife . If you prefer using scissors then you can’t go wrong with these heavy duty scissors!
Just make sure your knife or scissors are not coming into contact with your soil while you’re cutting to avoid contaminating your crop with dirt.
Plant Details & Taxonomy
Very few plants can combine nutrition with beauty as wonderfully as A. tricolor. It’s an annual plant with a life cycle of 1 year. The seed weight of Amaranth Red Garnet ranges from 850-1700 seeds per gram.
The beautiful magenta color is what makes amaranth red garnet an excellent choice when grown as a microgreen or baby green. It grows best in hot weather and it does not tolerate and thrive in cold temperatures.
|Kingdom||Plantae – Plants|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta – Vascular plants|
|Superdivision||Spermatophyta – Seed plants|
|Division||Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants|
|Class||Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons|
|Family||Amaranthaceae – Amaranth family
|Genus||Amaranthus L. – pigweed|
|Species||Amaranthus tricolour L. – Joseph’s-coat
|Common Names||Red Amaranth, Edible Amaranth, Tampala, Joseph’s-coat, Ganges Amaranth, Elephant-head Amaranth|
Microgreen Pests & Diseases
The following are the most common pests and diseases that can affect your microgreens.
White Mold – Sclerotinia sclerotiorum
Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is a necrotrophic fungal disease that causes what’s known as white mold, it can infect over 400 plant species worldwide. It’s also called cottony soft rot, stem rot, watery soft rot, crown rot, and seedling blight.
S. sclerotiorum key properties are its ability to create sclerotia which are its black resting structures, and mycelium which are the white fuzzy spiderweb-like growths you see on stems and growing medium.
Damping-off is an umbrella term that covers fungi and fungi-like organisms in several genera including Rhizoctonia, Botrytis, Phytophthora, and Fusarium, with the soil fungus Pythium being the often culprit.
Damping-off is a soil-borne fungal disease that affects seeds and seedlings typically by rotting of the stems and roots at and below the soil surface.
When a seed germinates the seedling will emerge fine but within 24 hours to a few days will become mushy and water-soaked, collapse at the base of the stem and die.
Aphids – Aphidoidea
Aphids suck! Quite literally. They’re soft-bodied insects that use their piercing-sucking mouths to feed on plants and there are over 4,000 aphid species in the world.
Other common names are greenflies, blackflies, and plant lice. They come in varying colors such as light green, black, white, brown, gray, or yellow.
When aphids feed on plants they secrete a sticky fluid which is called honeydew (no, don’t eat it). This goo they leave behind drips onto plants and can attract other pests such as ants. If the honeydew is left on leaves it can promote black sooty mold.
Amaranth Red Garnet Nutrition Facts
Amaranth Red Garnet is a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It’s rich in iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, manganese, magnesium, copper, and zinc.
Nutrition value per 100 g. (Source: USDA National Nutrient database)
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)||0.027||mg||2%|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||0.158||mg||12%|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||0.658||mg||4%|
|Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)||0.064||mg||13%|
|Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxin)||0.192||mg||15%|
|Lutein + zeaxanthin||0||µg||0.00%|
Recommended Seed Providers
I highly recommend True Leaf Market and SeedsNow for all your seed needs. Their wide selection of high-quality seeds and exceptional customer service make them the go-to choice for both novice and experienced gardeners alike.
True Leaf Market
For over 45 years True Leaf Market has been a provider of high-quality seeds both GMO and NON-GMO organic seeds. They also provide phytosanitary certificates if you need to import seeds to a country outside of the US.
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Amaranth Red Garnet (Amaranthus tricolor L.) is a brilliant magenta microgreen praised for its beautiful appearance. It has an earthy slightly sweet flavor that complements both sweet and savory dishes but is most popular as a garnish. Add a touch of freshness and a pop of color to your dishes by ordering Amaranth Red Garnet microgreen seeds today.
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