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Chenopodium quinoa

Stately plants with edible leaves and protein rich seeds. Quinoa is at home on dry mountain tops in South America where the nights stay cool, so expect variable seed production if evenings are too warm. This Frank Morton selection is full of brilliant colors- pink, orange, yellow, green, and more!

Quinoa is a grain native to the high altitude growing regions of the Andes, where this crop was thrives in dry days and cool mountain nights. Developing stains of this plant that grow well in the less dry, less cool areas of the continental US is still very much in the beginning stages. While the plants will grow under many conditions, the seed heads will not always form properly. It's thought that maintaining cool nighttime temperatures is very important to pollination, although a lot is still unknown. If growing in the mountains, then consider this an exciting experiment. If growing in warmer regions, harvest the immature plants for their succulent greens. Nutrients: Folate, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Manganese.
SizePrice QtyPurchase
1 grams - Packet $ 2.95
Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
90-120
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
°F Full/Part
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
1/8" 1-2" 320
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
6" 8-12 Annual
Plants grow best in areas with temperate days and cool evenings. High temperatures potentially interrupt pollination which disrupts seed formation. Direct seed in spring after danger of frost. Regardless of seed production, quinoa is easy to grow for young greens harvested when about 12" high. Plant Seeds: 1/8"deep with 1-2" between seeds in rows 18" apart. Soil Temp: 60-75 F. Days to Sprout: 8-12. Thin To/Mature Plant Spacing: 6". Seeds/oz: 20,000. Seed Wt./100' Row: 2 gr. Days to Harvest: Young greens in 40-50. Grain, 90-120. Seed Viability: 3-4 years.