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)
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.
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.
Leaf eating caterpillar
It can be controlled by spraying Carbaryl 50 WP @ 2 g/lit.
Carbendazim @ 1 g/l of water. Spraying sulphur compounds should be avoided.
Harvest and yield
25 days after sowing for Mulaikeerai (10 t/ha)
40 days after sowing for Thandukeerai (16 t/ha)
10 clippings at weekly intervals (30 t/ha)
Co 4: 2.4 t grains/ha + 8 tonnes of tender greens.