How to Save Amaranth (Amaranthus sp.) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2687
Binomial name: Amaranthus sp.
|Flower Type||Monoecious (male and female flowers on the same plant), self-compatible|
|Pollination||Wind pollinated, occasionally insect pollinated|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||1|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||5-25|
|When to Harvest||When seed is released when the seed head is shaken.|
|How to Harvest||
Shake seed heads over a container to release seeds; repeat every couple of days to harvest seeds as they mature.
|How to Clean||
Screen or winnow to remove remaining stalks and chaff.
|Image of Seeds|
Plants of Amaranthus caudatus, A. cruentus and A. hypochondriacus may cross-pollinate with each other and with weedy amaranth plants; Amaranthus tricolour will not cross-pollinate with other species. Pollen is very fine and isolation cages and paper bagging are not effective methods of isolating plants.
What is Seed Saving?
Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use.