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Amaranthus caudatus
AMARANTH-BICOLOUR GREENS is a really delicious variety, very rich in vitamin A, C & iron, low in calories by volume, but high in protein per calorie. Fast growing leaf protein. Each fresh green leaf is liberally doused with a rich plum red, a true bi-colour. The leaves have a sweet tangy flavour & can be cooked as an extra veggie. Also known as Hinn Choi, Een choy, or Yin Choi. This heat lover is a very nutritious leaf vegetable. It has large, fleshy, burgundy & green leaves that go well in salads. They can also be cooked quickly, faster than spinach.

In many cultures, Amaranth Bicolour Greens are used in traditional dishes, such as soups, stews, and stir-fries. The leaves are also used in salads and can be steamed or sautéed as a side dish. The plant is known for its colorful leaves, which can range from green to red to yellow, and for its high levels of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

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How to Grow Amaranth Bicolour Greens

  1. Amaranth Bicolour Greens need plenty of sunlight to grow properly, so choose a location in your garden that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
  2. Prepare the soil preferred by  Amaranth Bicolour Greens to be well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Work compost or well-rotted manure into the soil before planting to provide the plants with the nutrients they need.
  3. Plant the seeds directly in the garden once the soil has warmed up in the spring. Sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart. You can thin the seedlings to about 6 inches apart once they have sprouted.
  4. Water regularly as Amaranth Bicolour Greens need consistent moisture to grow properly. Dry spells require consistent watering or the soil can dry out nd not support a good healthy plant growth.  Be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot.
  5. Fertilise regularly as Amaranth bi-colour greens are heavy feeders and benefit from regular fertilisation. Use a balanced fertiliser, such as a 10-10-10, once a month during the growing season.
  6. Harvest the leaves once the plants reach about 12 inches tall. Harvest the leaves by cutting them off about an inch above the soil line. The plants will continue to produce new leaves throughout the growing season.
  7. Watch for pests and diseases though Amaranth Bicolour Greens are generally resistant to pests and diseases.  But you should still keep an eye out for problems such as aphids, caterpillars, and powdery mildew. Use an organic insecticide or fungicide if necessary.

Heritage of Amaranth Bicolour Greens

Amaranth Bicolour Greens, also known as Amaranthus tricolor, can be traced back to ancient Mesoamericais (in South America) where it is believed to have originated. The edible leafy plant has been cultivated for thousands of years by various indigenous cultures in the Americas, and it was a staple food crop for the Aztecs and Incas.  Considered sacred it was used in religious ceremonies, as well as for its nutritional and medicinal properties.

Amaranth Bicolour Greens were brought to other parts of the world by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.  When the Spanish colonised the Americas, they banned the cultivation of amaranth because of its association with indigenous religious practices. However, amaranth continued to be grown in secret and eventually made its way back into mainstream cuisine were it was quickly adopted by other cultures for their nutritional value and delicious taste.  The plant is now widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, including Australia, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

60 - 120

Season of Interest

Summer / Autumn

Temperature Range (°C)

18 - 30

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings


Well drained fertile soil


6.0 - 7.5

Soil Temperature (°C)

12 - 15

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)

0.6 - 1.3

Plant Spacing (cm)

30 - 45

Row spacing (cm)

60 - 90


Regular to keep soil moist, not waterlogged

Germination Time (Days)

7-14 days

Harvest Time (Days)

30 - 60

Good Companion Plants

Legumes, Sunflowers, Corn, Squash, Tomatoes, Leafy greens, Marigolds, Basil

Bad Companion Plants

Brassicas (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale), Nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, Legumes, Fennel, Dill


Aphids, Flea Beetles, Caterpillars, Leaf Miners


Downy mildew, Clubroot, Fusarium wilt, Black rot, Alternaria leaf spot, Anthracnose

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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