Are you growing amaranth in Ohio, but don’t know when the best time to harvest them is?
Harvesting amaranth is not as easy as it seems.
- Amaranth very short window when it can be harvested and still taste great.
So if you harvest them too early they may not be ready and taste bad. And if you harvest them too late they may become infected with mold, fungus, insects, etc., and become inedible.
Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to harvest amaranth in Ohio:
- To Learn More About HOW to Grow Amaranth, Check Out This GUIDE!
When Do I Harvest Amaranth in Ohio?
As you may have already guessed, there are two main factors that determine when you should harvest your Amaranth: the physical features of the amaranth & weather (time).
Harvest Amaranth if They Look Like This!!!
The physical features of amaranth are what most gardeners commonly rely on to determine if they are ready to be picked off the plant or not.
In general, you should harvest amaranth if they have the following physical features:
- The leaves of the amaranth are tall, long, and dark green in color. The flower is a tall, purple and red color
Harvest Your Amaranth During THIS Time of Year!!!
In general, you should harvest amaranth:
- 90 days after starting amaranth from seed
- 45 days after planting amaranth in your garden
And no matter what, you should ALWAYS harvest your amaranth before the first frost of the year. Frost will immediately kill your scallion plant and make your amaranth inedible.
For your reference, I have created this table for average frost dates for most major cities in Ohio. If your city is not listed below you can find its Last & First Frost Dates HERE.
Ohio Last & First Frost Dates
It should be noted that you should not overly rely on the first frost of the year. The average first frost of the year is only correct 30% of the time.
Instead, pay close attention to your local weather.
When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.
- If amaranth is in pots, bring them inside
- If amaranth is in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive
- Pick all amaranth.
If you want to learn WHEN to harvest ANY Vegetable in Ohio, head over to HERE and just type in the vegetable you want to grow.