Amaranthus is very nutritive and highly suitable crop as microgreens. It has rapid growth,quick rejuvenation after each harvesting and high nutritive value. Harvested just after they have sprouted and produced their first set of true leaves. It is used for garnishing dishes due to its vibrant red color.
Microgreens are relatively easy to grow on a small scale and can also thrive indoors if indirect bright light is available.Amaranthus is an annual herbaceous plant and has a short growing period.The stems are often straight and branched ribbed, and red dyed.
Leaves are arranged spirally, simple, without stipules, and their shape varies from ovate to rhombic-ovate. Follow the steps to grow your own Microgreens:Select a container having 4-6 inch upper diameter.Fill the container with well drained and nutrient rich soil leaving some space (About 1 inch) below rim.Scatter seeds over potting soil in a planter and cover with another thin layer of soil.Mist the soil with water and Cover the seed container with a transparent plastic paper.Place near a source of bright indirect sunlight or under artificial bright light.Continue to mist the seeds to keep the soil moist. Donâ€™t over water it. Remove plastic wrapping once seeds start to germinate.After germination the Microgreens will be ready to harvest in 2-3 weeks.