Botanical Name: Amaranthus spp
Kannara Local :Dark red, season bound ,flowers in Nov-Dec. Adjust Planting accordingly. Multi cut variety.
Arun: Maroon red leaves. High yielding. Photoinsensitive. Suitable for multi cut and once over harvests
Krishnasree: Reddish brown leaved,fleshy stemed,multicut variety
Co-1:Dark green, resistant to leaf spot, suitable for late harvest
Co-2:Suitable for early harvest
Co-3:Small leaved,slender and tender stemed, multicut varity
Mohini:Attractive green variety. Photoinsensitive.High yielding. Suitable for summer season.
Renusree: Green leaved, purple fleshy stem
Climate & Soil: Adapted to hot humid climatic conditions.Comes up well in well drained loamy soils rich in organic matter.
Season: Round the year, avoid sowing or planting during heavy rain.
Seed rate: 1.5 to 2 Kg/ha
Seeds available with VFPCK: Arun,CO-1
Raising Nursery: Sow in raised seedbeds and spread a thin layer of fine sand on top.
Transplanting: Transplant 20-30 days old seedlings with 4-5 leaves in the shallow trenches during summer and raised beds during rainy season
Nutrient management : Apply 50tonnes of cowdung/ha and NPK @ 50:50:50 kg/ha as basal dose. Apply N @ 50kg/ha as top dressing 15 days after transplanting. Foliar spray of 1% urea(10g per litre)after every harvest.
Crop Management: Carry out weeding before applying the fertilizer. Rake the soil lightly during top dressing. Irrigate the field at one or two day’s interval to ensure sufficient moisture in the field.Avoid spray irrigation to prevent the spread of leaf spot disease. Follow flood irrigation if attack is detected in the main field.
Pest Management :
Yield: Approximately 15-20t/ha
Post Harvesting: Harvested the crop when there is good foliage, the stem is tender and flowering has not been initiated. Cut the plant close to ground level,clean thoroughly in running water to remove the cobwebs, soil stuck to the roots and dirt. Keep the harvested plant in shade. Pack into bundles. Sprinkle water intermittently and cover the cut ends to reduce the rate of dessication.
Seed Collection: Harvest the crop from the field before it is fully dried.