Growing Edible Red Leaf Amaranth in Kratky Hydroponics – Update: Week 4

Growing Edible Red Leaf Amaranth in Kratky Hydroponics – Update: Week 4

Amaranth is another plant that I have been very excited to try; I don’t think I have eaten it before. (Hang on, aren’t I excited about all my plants? Yes, yes I am.)…

Growing Edible Red Leaf Amaranth in Kratky Hydroponics – Update: Week 4
Growing Edible Red Leaf Amaranth in Kratky Hydroponics – Update: Week 4

My Amaranth is now at the stage where I really need to start harvesting it. Since it was my first time growing it I wanted to see just how large Amaranth would grow, and the problem is that it’s now growing too big for my buckets. The leaves are now starting to fight each other for space and crowd out the younger emerging leaves.

Growing Edible Red Leaf Amaranth in Kratky Hydroponics – Update: Week 4
Growing Edible Red Leaf Amaranth in Kratky Hydroponics – Update: Week 4

The leaves are no laughing matter – they are absolutely massive! I didn’t expect them to get this large, honestly. In the above picture I was stretching my fingers out as wide as possible, and you could just see my fingertips. No wonder they are starting to get crowded.

Have you grown Amaranth before? Whats your favourite way to eat it? Let me know in the comments below.

2 thoughts on “Growing Edible Red Leaf Amaranth in Kratky Hydroponics – Update: Week 4”

  1. What a fantastic crop. I’m so envious!! You need a hot environment for this to thrive.
    This is also known as calaloo, as I expect you know and and I prepare it by sautéing onions and adding the callaloo and letting it cook down for a few minutes with black pepper and salt.
    I am familiar with the green varieties, but the variegated one you have here will be delicious I’m sure.
    This plant is just the best and doesn’t shrink down to nothing when cooked like spinach does.
    Enjoy!

    1. Thanks for commenting Miss J!

      Our grow room is currently around 24 degrees Celsius (75F); its that perfect mid point of warm enough for tomatoes to fruit whilst still cool enough for strawberries to start germinating. Since we have just moved into this house I am unsure how cold it will get in winter in that room; summer got a bit hot and we needed an extra fan for air circulation.
      I definitely think that the amaranth is one of my favourite crops; it grows much faster and has much more harvestable leaves compared to lettuce, and its very versatile. I so far have only used the leaves in salads and on sandwiches, delicious! I will definitely try your suggestion of sautéing them, thank you.

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