Ecological requirements

Soils

Amaranth can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions but does best in loam or silty loam soils with good water holding capacity with a soil Ph of 4.5 – 8.00. Water logging should be avoided.

Altitude

The crop can grow anywhere in Kenya i.e. 0-2400m asl

Temperature

  • Optimal growth occurs at 22-30 degrees C
  • Normally the hotter it is the better it grows
  • For seed to germinate temperatures of at least 15- 17 degrees C is needed

Rainfall/ Water requirements

It can do well both under rainfed or under irrigation. It is drought tolerant because it has deep roots that can go upto two metres in such of water.

RAINFALL FIGURES
If grown under irrigation, watering should stop, 15-20 days before maturity