Amaranth is a common plant that is planted in many regions across the country. It is also one of the most consumed vegetables in the country.
You can easily identify the amaranth plant by its common name “dodo”.
It has a beautiful appeal and easily noticeable.
One of the major uses of amaranth/dodo is as a traditional vegetable. There has been a growing trend in the country for the plant to be used for ornamental purposes and not restricted to consumption.
Amaranth has red and pink flowers which can easily enhance your garden and serve your plate as a vegetable.
Amaranth can be grown both on an open garden and indoors with a little tender, love and care.
Access to sunlight and regular watering is key to the growth of the plant. It can also work wonders in your indoors floral arrangements.
Ecological conditions for growth
This is one of the most drought resistant plants and responds very well to wet regions.
Why amaranth is the ornamental plant
It has internodes that are generated from its main stem
Its flowers can grow from about 3-4 inches of the protruding nodes all the way to the top.
The plant grows in a uniform pattern that makes it more attractive when fully grown.
Ensure at all time that your planting location is not water logged.
Prepare the land to a fine soft till
If applying a fertilizer ensure they are well mixed
Create a raised bed of 15-20 cm high and with a 1 m width.
Water the seed bed when you have planted
During plantation mix the soil and thee seeds in the ratio of 1:10
Land scape management
Remove weeds from the farm
Only the leaves of the plant can be used as a vegetable not he flowers
I would advise you form groups or associations to command more from the market and reduce costs by sharing costs.
Do market scouting before you start farming
Use social media in your farming journey
The seeds of the amaranth can obtained from KALRO offices in Tigoni or 0733834675.
Costs of the seeds go for 2000 to 3000 for 10 grams.