QUINOA RED – SPECTACULAR WHILE GROWING AND PROVIDES AN EXCELLENT BACKDROP IN GARDEN BEDS. $1.00

RED QUINOA HAS BEEN GROWN AS A FOOD CROP FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, NUTRICIOUS AND AN EASY GROWER, SPECTACULAR WHILE GROWING AND PROVIDES AN EXCELLENT BACKDROP IN GARDEN BEDS. FRESH AND FERTILE SEEDS!

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is a flowering plant in the Amaranth family that is grown as a crop primarily for its edible seeds. It has been grown for human consumption for thousands of years, originating from mountainous regions of South America. Quinoa cultivation has now grown to over 70 countries around the world.

This ancient superfood is packed with vitamins and minerals and has a nice mild taste. The seeds are often cooked like rice, or ground into a flour that can be used as a gluten-free alternative in cooking and baking.

Botanical Name Chenopodium quinoa
Common Name Quinoa
Plant Type Herbaceous annual
Mature Size 4 feet tall
Sun Exposure Full sun
Soil Type well-draining, fertile
Bloom Time Summer
Native Area South America

Ideal temperatures for quinoa plants range between 35 degrees C during the day and 15 degrees C at night. When growing quinoa plants from seed, ensure that the last frost has passed before sowing seeds in the garden as the delicate seedlings cannot tolerate frost.

Fertilizer
Quinoa plants require rich soil that is high in organic matter. Before planting, amend the soil with fresh compost or a balanced organic fertilizer. Beyond this soil preparation, quinoa plants do not require fertilization during the growing period.

Harvesting
Quinoa plants are ready for harvest 90-120 days after planting. Once the leaves have fallen off and only the dried seed heads remain, the seeds are ready to be harvested. Fortunately, quinoa is simple to harvest ? the seeds can be stripped upwards towards the stalk which easily dislodges them.
Once harvested, sift the fresh quinoa seeds using a sifter. Before storing, the quinoa seeds need to be thoroughly dried out. Spread the seeds out thinly on a tray and place it in the hot sun or near a heat source to dry. Dried quinoa can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry location for up to six months.

Growing from Seeds
Quinoa seeds can be sown directly into the garden after the last frost has passed. In climates with warm winters, seeds can even be sown in late summer or early fall for a winter harvest. Soil temperature should be around 20C for seeds to sprout.

Before planting, prepare the garden bed by gently turning the soil and adding a layer of fresh compost. Space rows of seeds 12 inches apart, and 10-12 inches apart along each row. Plant 2-3 seeds together in each spot. After the seeds are sowed, cover with a thin layer of soil and spray the top of the soil lightly to moisten.

Quinoa seeds take approximately 4-5 days to germinate. Once seedlings sprout, thin out the rows to ensure there is only one plant every 10-12 inches. Keep seeds and seedlings consistently moist until well-established. Quinoa plants are usually ready for harvest 90-120 days after planting.

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