Amaranth, Pygmy Torch (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) - 100 Seeds
• American Grown Seeds
• USDA Zone: 4-11
Love amaranth, but don't have room for a 6 foot plant? Then this variety is the one for you! Amaranth 'Pygmy Torch' is a dazzling, compact amaranth variety reaching 24-36" and boasting rich red-to-purple inflorescences. Not just strikingly decorative, this variety also produces seeds that are known for their nutritional value and can be harvested as a grain. Perfect for borders, containers, or even as a unique focal point in the garden, the Pygmy Torch is a versatile addition to any gardening endeavor.
Amaranth germinates when the soil temperature is at least 70°, so gardeners in cool climates will want to start their seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before transplanting. Direct sow seeds after the last spring frost. Sow thinly at 1/4" deep in rows 16-18" apart. Thin to the strongest seedling per 10-12" apart. Some gardeners choose a closer spacing if only growing to harvest the greens. Prefers full sun and well drained soil. Once established, will tolerate drought, but the greens will be more tender if the soil is kept moist.