Cultivation of Amaranths

  • Saubhik Das


Cultivation of Pseudocereal grain amaranths started in prehistoric period with a promising note but lagged behind the conventional cereals in spite of being nutritionally competitive to common cereals. Amaranths can be grown virtually on any type of soils even in marginal areas, not needing any special agronomic attention and requirement. The grain amaranths are the crops of tropical low land to an altitude of 3500 m while leafy amaranths are warm season crop adapted to hot humid climate. Studies have indicated optimum temperature for seed germination (20°–30 °C), optimum growth (25 °C), but growth ceases below 18 °C. Most of the amaranths are day-neutral but differ in their day length requirement. In comparison with cereals the yield of grain amaranths has been very low due to number of obstacles in breeding and cultivation.


Seed Bank Seed Dormancy Germination Capacity Seed Longevity Seed Moisture Content 
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  • Saubhik Das
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyTaki Government CollegeTakiIndia

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