Growing Amaranth in Pots: A Hassle-Free Guide

Will growing Amaranth in pots be any difficult? Absolutely not!

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These nutritious plants are highly versatile and adaptable, even creating the right environment where it can thrive is remotely rocket science.

In this guide, I will walk you through the process of growing amaranth greens in containers, providing you with valuable insights and tips for a successful harvest.

Basics of Growing Amaranth in Pots

Before growing Amaranth in pots, your first step is to review most basic knowledge about growing any type of greens in containers.

The process is straightforward and requires minimal effort, making it ideal for both beginners and seasoned gardeners.

The first step is to prepare the potting mix.

I recommend using a combination of 40% homemade compost and 60% soil medium, which consists of normal soil and coco peat.

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Coco peat

Coco peat, a lightweight and absorbent coconut husk product, helps retain moisture and keeps the potting medium lightweight.

Adding a neem mix to the potting mix can also deter insects and pests.

Choosing the Right Container

Since amaranth has longer roots, it requires a deeper container or pot. A container with a depth of 6 inches to 1 ft is ideal for optimal growth.

I personally recommend using cleaned paint buckets due to their sturdiness and lightweight nature.

Selecting the Seeds

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If you already have amaranth seeds from a previous harvest, feel free to use them.

Otherwise, it’s advisable to purchase high-quality seeds from a reputable store.

Opting for store-bought seeds ensures better germination rates and healthier plants.

Planting Amaranth Seeds

Planting amaranth seeds is a simple process. Fill the container with the potting mix, and lightly sprinkle the seeds, avoiding overcrowding.

Cover the seeds with ¼ to ½ inch of potting soil, and water them daily. To promote growth and ward off pests, consider adding a bio enzyme to the water.

It’s worth noting that I personally did not encounter any insects until the third harvest using this method.

growing amaranth in pots

Troubleshooting Common Problems

While growing amaranth greens is generally hassle-free, a few common issues may arise. Here are some tips to overcome them:

  1. Weeds: Regularly uproot weeds like kulfa plants, bathua plants, and wild amaranth to ensure the greens receive optimal nutrition and space.
  2. Pests: In organic farming, pests can be a challenge. To deter small insects and pests like aphids, you can use neem spray, garlic-chili spray, or bio enzyme spray. Changing the location of the container may also help. However, severe outbreaks may require alternative solutions. Additionally, be vigilant about caterpillars that may feed on the tender leaves.
  3. Seeds not sprouting: If your seeds fail to sprout, there is unfortunately little you can do. In such cases, obtain a fresh batch of seeds and repeat the planting process.
  4. Low growth: Slow growth could be due to insufficient sunlight, inadequate watering, or lack of nutrients. Amaranth requires at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily, so ensure your container is placed in a sunny spot on your balcony or terrace. Water the plants daily and consider applying homemade compost every two weeks to boost nutrient levels.
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Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor

Growing amaranth in pots is not only a fulfilling experience but also a great way to cultivate food that meets your specific needs.

Two containers of seeds can turn into a feast for your family. You can grow more food and satisfy the needs of your loved ones.

Engage your family in the process, especially your kids, who would pick up on important skills and value the food they consume.

Don’t hesitate to try it out! You will enjoy the flavor and benefit your wallet too!