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Mat amaranth
Mat amaranth
Amaranthus blitoides
Also known as : Procumbent pigweed, Matweed, Spreading amaranth
Mat amaranth or Amaranthus blitoides is a common weed that was once used to make dyes and glue. Although it is said to be edible raw or cooked, mat amaranth can build up nitrates in its leaves if it is grown with inorganic fertilizers, consumption in large amounts may cause nitrate poisoning.
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Attributes of Mat amaranth

Lifespan
Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Spring
Bloom Time
Summer, Early fall, Mid fall
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
60 cm to 1 m
Spread
30 cm
Leaf Color
Green
White
Flower Size
1 mm
Flower Color
Green
Yellow
Fruit Color
Brown
Black
Stem Color
Green
Red
White
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous

Symbolism

Immortality, fidelity, everlasting friendship

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Mat amaranth is native to North America, where it is often considered a weed. It spreads easily in disturbed areas, including fields. It is listed as an agricultural weed by 12 states in the southeastern United States but is currently not listed as invasive at the state or federal level. Its seeds are long-lasting and can germinate after up to a decade of dormancy. Mat amaranth can accumulate nitrates in its leaves when present in nitrogen-rich soil, which may result in toxicity. It has developed resistance to specific herbicides, but rotating herbicides while hand pulling and minimizing bare soil can effectively control mat amaranth.
How to Control it
Once weeds are flowering and firm, it is difficult to effectively control them, so the best time for weeds to be removed is before flowering and firming; once flowering and firming, the seeds will spread very quickly and need to be removed frequently, and prevention should be made in the next year. Seed stage: It can be covered with sawdust, crop straw or black opaque film, which can effectively inhibit seed germination and weed seedling growth. This method is generally used in winter or spring to inhibit weed seeds from germinating in the soil; if weeds are already flowering and firm, this method can be used to isolate the seeds from the soil and reduce the number of seeds that fall into the soil. Unplugging: Before weeds are strong, wear gloves or use tools to dig out weeds. If the soil is difficult to remove due to drought, it can be used to thoroughly remove the roots of weeds after being irrigated with water. After removal, it can be used in conjunction with deep cultivation to prevent weed roots from remaining. This method is particularly suitable for weeds at the seedling stage or with a relatively low size. Pruning: Pruning before weeds can effectively control the spread of weeds, especially for annual weeds. Frequent pruning can suppress the growth and fruiting of weeds, which can effectively remove weeds that year. Tillage: Tillage the soil before cultivation, pick up and discard perennial weed roots, expose to the sun, or bury it deeply. It can also be used to make organic fertilizer and compost with weeds. Chemical control: The weeds can be effectively removed by competing herbicides. Note: When removing weeds, you need to wear gloves to avoid direct contact between the body and the weeds, especially for some toxic, thorny, sensitive mucous weeds. When cleaning weeds during flowering, you need to wear a special mask to prevent allergies caused by inhaling pollen.
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Habitat of Mat amaranth

Disturbed and waste ground
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What is the best way to water my Mat amaranth?
To water Mat amaranth, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a watering can, or just about any other common watering tool. Generally, Mat amaranth is not too picky about how they receive their water, as they can live off of rainwater, tap water, or filtered water. Often, you should try not to water this plant from overhead, as doing so can damage the leaves and flowers and may lead to disease as well. At times, the best method for watering this plant is to set up a drip irrigation system. These systems work well for Mat amaranth as they apply water evenly and directly to the soil. For one Mat amaranth that grows in a container, you can use a similar watering approach while changing the tools you use. To water a container-grown Mat amaranth, use a cup, watering can, or your tap to apply water directly to the soil.
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What should I do if I water my Mat amaranth too much or too little?
The remedy for underwatering Mat amaranth is somewhat obvious. When you notice that your plant lacks moisture, simply begin watering it on a more regular basis. The issue of overwatering can be a much more dire situation, especially if you fail to notice it early. When your Mat amaranth is overwatered, it may contract diseases that lead to its decline and death. The best way to prevent this outcome is to choose a proper growing location, one that receives plenty of sunlight to help dry the soil and has good enough drainage to allow excess water to drain rather than pooling and causing waterlogged soils. If you overwater your Mat amaranth that lives in a pot, you may need to consider changing it to a new pot. Your previous container may not have contained soil with good drainage or may not have had sufficient drainage holes. As you repot your overwatered Mat amaranth, make sure to add loose soils and to use a pot that drains efficiently.
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How often should I water my Mat amaranth?
Mat amaranth needs water regularly throughout the growing season. Beginning in spring, you should plan to water this plant about once per week. As the season presses on and grows warmer, you may need to increase your watering rate to about two to three times per week. Exceeding at this rate can be detrimental to your Mat amaranth. With that said, you should also ensure that the soil in which your Mat amaranth grows remains relatively moist but not wet, regardless of how often you must water to make that the case. Watering Mat amaranth that lives in a pot is a bit different. Generally, you'll need to increase your watering frequency, as the soil in a pot can heat up and dry out a bit faster than ground soil. As such, you should plan to water a container-grown Mat amaranth a few times per week in most cases, versus just once per week for an in-ground plant.
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How much water does my Mat amaranth need?
There are a few different ways you can go about determining how much water to give to your Mat amaranth. Some gardeners choose to pick their water volume based on feeling the soil for moisture. That method suggests that you should water until you feel that the first six inches of soil have become moist. Alternatively, you can use a set measurement to determine how much to water your Mat amaranth. Typically, you should give your Mat amaranth about two gallons of water per week, depending on how hot it is and how quickly the soil becomes dry. However, following strict guidelines like that can lead to overwatering if your plant requires less than two gallons per week for whatever reason. When growing Mat amaranth in a container, you will need to use a different method to determine how much water to supply. Typically, you should give enough water to moisten all of the layers of soil that have become dry. To test if that is the case, you can simply stick your finger in the soil to feel for moisture. You can also water the soil until you notice a slight trickle of excess water exiting the drainage holes of your pot.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Mat amaranth enough?
It can be somewhat difficult to avoid overwatering your Mat amaranth. On the one hand, these plants have relatively deep roots that require you to moisten the soil weekly. On the other hand, Mat amaranth are plants that are incredibly susceptible to root rot. Along with root rot, your Mat amaranth may also experience browning as a result of overwatering. Underwatering is far less likely for your Mat amaranth as these plants can survive for a while in the absence of supplemental watering. However, if you go too long without giving this plant water, it will likely begin to wilt. You may also notice dry leaves.
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How should I water my Mat amaranth through the seasons?
You can expect your Mat amaranth’s water needs to increase as the season moves on. During spring, you should water about once per week. Then, as the summer heat arrives, you will likely need to give a bit more water to your Mat amaranth, at times increasing to about three times per week. This is especially true of Mat amaranth that grow in containers, as the soil in a container is far more likely to dry out faster than ground soil when the weather is warm. In autumn, while your Mat amaranth is still in bloom, it may need a bit less water as the temperature has likely declined, and the sun is no longer as strong as it was in summer.
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How should I water my Mat amaranth at different growth stages?
Mat amaranth will move through several different growth stages throughout the year, some of which may require more water than others. For example, you will probably start your Mat amaranth as a seed. While the seed germinates, you should plant to give more water than your Mat amaranth will need later in life, watering often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After a few weeks, your Mat amaranth will grow above the soil and may need slightly less water than at the seedling phase. Then, once this plant is mature, you can begin to use the regular watering frequency of about once per week. As flower development takes place, you may need to give slightly more water to aid the process.
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What's the difference between watering Mat amaranth indoors and outdoors?
There are several reasons why most Mat amaranth grow outdoors rather than indoors. The first is that these plants typically grow to tall. The second reason is that Mat amaranth needs more daily sunlight than most indoor growing locations can provide. If you are able to provide a suitable indoor growing location, you may find that you need to give your Mat amaranth water a bit more often than you would in an outdoor growing location. Part of the reason for this is that indoor growing locations tend to be a lot drier than outdoor ones due to HVAC units. The other reason for this is that soil in containers can dry out relatively quickly as well compared to soil in the ground.
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Mat amaranth thrives best under a copious quantity of sun and can manage with a more moderate level of sun exposure. Its origin habitat is in areas that offer extensive daily sunlight, affecting its robust growth. Insufficient light can potentially deter growth, while too much can risk scorching its leaves.
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Temperature
0 41 ℃
Mat amaranth is inherent to environments where temperatures are moderately warm, commonly 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). Its preference for a mild climate suggests careful adjustment during colder seasons. An indoor setting with regulated temperature is advised.
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Also known as: Procumbent pigweed, Matweed, Spreading amaranth
Mat amaranth or Amaranthus blitoides is a common weed that was once used to make dyes and glue. Although it is said to be edible raw or cooked, mat amaranth can build up nitrates in its leaves if it is grown with inorganic fertilizers, consumption in large amounts may cause nitrate poisoning.
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Attributes of Mat amaranth

Lifespan
Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Spring
Bloom Time
Summer, Early fall, Mid fall
Harvest Time
Fall
Plant Height
60 cm to 1 m
Spread
30 cm
Leaf Color
Green
White
Flower Size
1 mm
Flower Color
Green
Yellow
Fruit Color
Brown
Black
Stem Color
Green
Red
White
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous
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Immortality, fidelity, everlasting friendship

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Mat amaranth is native to North America, where it is often considered a weed. It spreads easily in disturbed areas, including fields. It is listed as an agricultural weed by 12 states in the southeastern United States but is currently not listed as invasive at the state or federal level. Its seeds are long-lasting and can germinate after up to a decade of dormancy. Mat amaranth can accumulate nitrates in its leaves when present in nitrogen-rich soil, which may result in toxicity. It has developed resistance to specific herbicides, but rotating herbicides while hand pulling and minimizing bare soil can effectively control mat amaranth.
How to Control it
Once weeds are flowering and firm, it is difficult to effectively control them, so the best time for weeds to be removed is before flowering and firming; once flowering and firming, the seeds will spread very quickly and need to be removed frequently, and prevention should be made in the next year. Seed stage: It can be covered with sawdust, crop straw or black opaque film, which can effectively inhibit seed germination and weed seedling growth. This method is generally used in winter or spring to inhibit weed seeds from germinating in the soil; if weeds are already flowering and firm, this method can be used to isolate the seeds from the soil and reduce the number of seeds that fall into the soil. Unplugging: Before weeds are strong, wear gloves or use tools to dig out weeds. If the soil is difficult to remove due to drought, it can be used to thoroughly remove the roots of weeds after being irrigated with water. After removal, it can be used in conjunction with deep cultivation to prevent weed roots from remaining. This method is particularly suitable for weeds at the seedling stage or with a relatively low size. Pruning: Pruning before weeds can effectively control the spread of weeds, especially for annual weeds. Frequent pruning can suppress the growth and fruiting of weeds, which can effectively remove weeds that year. Tillage: Tillage the soil before cultivation, pick up and discard perennial weed roots, expose to the sun, or bury it deeply. It can also be used to make organic fertilizer and compost with weeds. Chemical control: The weeds can be effectively removed by competing herbicides. Note: When removing weeds, you need to wear gloves to avoid direct contact between the body and the weeds, especially for some toxic, thorny, sensitive mucous weeds. When cleaning weeds during flowering, you need to wear a special mask to prevent allergies caused by inhaling pollen.
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Distribution of Mat amaranth

Habitat of Mat amaranth

Disturbed and waste ground
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Distribution Map of Mat amaranth

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Above 6 hours sunlight
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About 3-6 hours sunlight
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Mat amaranth thrives best under a copious quantity of sun and can manage with a more moderate level of sun exposure. Its origin habitat is in areas that offer extensive daily sunlight, affecting its robust growth. Insufficient light can potentially deter growth, while too much can risk scorching its leaves.
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Artificial lighting
Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Mat amaranth, a plant that thrives in full sunlight, is commonly grown outdoors with ample sunlight. When cultivated indoors with inadequate light, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your mat amaranth may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Mat amaranth enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Mat amaranth thrives in full sun exposure and can tolerate intense sunlight. With their remarkable resilience, symptoms of sunburn may not be easily visible, as they rarely suffer from it.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Essentials
Mat amaranth is inherent to environments where temperatures are moderately warm, commonly 68 to 95 °F (20 to 35 ℃). Its preference for a mild climate suggests careful adjustment during colder seasons. An indoor setting with regulated temperature is advised.
Regional wintering strategies
Mat amaranth has strong cold resistance, so special frost protection measures are usually not necessary during winter. However, if the winter temperatures are expected to drop below {Limit_growth_temperature}, it is still important to provide cold protection. This can be achieved by covering the plant with materials such as soil or straw. Before the first freeze in autumn, it is recommended to water the plant abundantly, ensuring the soil remains moist and enters a frozen state. This helps prevent drought and water scarcity for the plant during winter and early spring.
Important Symptoms
Low Temperature
Mat amaranth is cold-tolerant and thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, although there may not be any noticeable changes during winter, there may be a decrease in sprouting or even no sprouting during springtime.
Solutions
In spring, remove any parts that have failed to sprout.
High Temperature
During summer, Mat amaranth should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the leaves of the plant may become lighter in color, prone to curling, susceptible to sunburn, and in severe cases, the entire plant may wilt and become dry.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun, or use a shade cloth to create shade. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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