Horticulture :: Vegetables :: Amaranthus

Amaranthus (Amaranthus sp L.)



  • Co 1 (Mulaikeerai and Thandukeerai)
  • Co 2 (Mulaikeerai and Thandukeerai)
  • Co 3 (Clipping)
  • Co 4 (Grain)
  • Co 5 (Mulaikeerai and Thandukeerai)

Co 1 Co 2 Co 3


Co 4   Co 5


Well drained loamy soils with slightly acidic nature and warm climate are suitable for amaranthus cultivation.

Season and sowing

Sowing can be done throughout the year.

Seed rate

2.5 kg/ha of seeds broadcasted evenly on the beds after mixing with 10 parts of sand.

Preparation of field

The field is prepared to a fine tilth and form beds of 2 x 1.5 m size. After germination thin the seedlings to have a spacing of 12 – 15 cm.


Irrigate before and after sowing and at weekly intervals after germination.

Application of fertilizers

Apply FYM 25 t/ha, Azospirillum 2 kg and Phosphobacteria 2 kg/ha, N 75 kg and K 25 kg/ha as basal dose.

Plant protection


Leaf eating caterpillar

 It can be controlled by spraying Carbaryl 50 WP @ 2 g/lit.


Leaf spot

Carbendazim @ 1 g/l of water. Spraying sulphur compounds should be avoided.

Harvest and yield

Leafy types

25 days after sowing for Mulaikeerai (10 t/ha)
40 days after sowing for Thandukeerai (16 t/ha)

Clipping types
10 clippings at weekly intervals (30 t/ha)

Grain types
Co 4: 2.4 t grains/ha + 8 tonnes of tender greens.

Last Updated: April 2015


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