Taiwanese red leaf Quinoa
5891- Taiwanese red leaf Quinoa, known as "djulis", is a cereal plant traditionally called "ruby of cereals" for its bright red grain color and cultivated by the aboriginal people of Taiwan, whom plant and harvest in accordance with festive rituals. Direct sow in late April to the end of May, while night temperatures are still cool. Optimal soil temperature for germination: 18-24°C (65-75°F). Seeds should germinate in 4-10 days. Sow 5mm (¼”) deep, 10 seeds per 30cm (12″), and thin to 25-35cm (10-14″) between plants. If growing for baby leaf production, plants can be spaced closer together. Ideal pH: 6.0-7.5. Use a well-drained, loamy soil with added orgnaic matter. Keep weeded, but otherwise quinoa is drought tolerant and undemanding. It’s a great plant for xeriscaping, and looks good at the back of a floral border. Harvest any time after seeds have changed from green to their calico colours, even after light frost.