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Spiny amaranth
Amaranthus spinosus
Also known as : Spiny pigweed, Prickly amaranth
Spiny amaranth (Amaranthus spinosus) is a plant species native to the lowland American tropics. However, spiny amaranth has spread invasively to tropical regions around the globe. This species is named for the sharp spines at each of its leaf nodes.
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Attributes of Spiny amaranth

Lifespan
Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Fall
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall
Harvest Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer, Late fall
Plant Height
30 cm to 1 m
Spread
61 cm to 91 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Blue
Purple
Flower Size
4 mm to 8 mm
Flower Color
Green
White
Yellow
Fruit Color
Brown
Black
Stem Color
Green
Brown
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous

Name story

Spiny amaranth
Amaranthus spinosus is a serious weed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The plant is featured with large thorns which make it inedible for grazing livestock. This makes weeding difficult in parts of the world where weeding and harvest are done by hand. Therefore, it is called a spiny amaranth.

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Spiny amaranth is a weed found throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada, growing in fields, pastures and agricultural crops. It is a serious invasive weed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world including Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, as well as Europe and the Pacific region. It is highly toxic for cattle, sheep and goats. It causes crop losses, and its spines are a major problem in vegetable and other crops that are harvested manually, as well as a deterrent to grazing livestock. Its thorns also make weeding difficult. Application of mulch to block light or herbicides can help control growth.
How to Control it
Best weeding time: Before fruition Removal: This is a small herbaceous plant. You can remove this weed by gloved hand or by tools. Pruning: This is an annual plant. Repeat pruning its aerial parts to effectively contain its growth. Plowing: Plow the soil before cultivation, and bury the weed entirely in the soil. Chemical control: If the weed is too much to pull out, herbicides will be helpful for its eradication. Note: This plant is thorny. Please plan protection thoroughly.
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Distribution of Spiny amaranth

Habitat of Spiny amaranth

Roadsides, waste places, fields
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Distribution Map of Spiny amaranth

Spiny amaranth grows natively from Mexico to South America, but its introduction has been global. It grows naturally in the lowlands, seeking hot, humid conditions in temperate regions. It's considered a serious weed in disturbed areas in Australia, Africa, Europe, the Pacific, and Asia. Its severe thorns make it dangerous for livestock and difficult to remove.
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What is the best way to water my Spiny amaranth?
To water Spiny amaranth, you can use a garden hose with a spray nozzle, a watering can, or just about any other common watering tool. Generally, Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth as they apply water evenly and directly to the soil. For one Spiny amaranth that grows in a container, you can use a similar watering approach while changing the tools you use. To water a container-grown Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth too much or too little?
The remedy for underwatering Spiny 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 Spiny 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 Spiny 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 Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth?
Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth. With that said, you should also ensure that the soil in which your Spiny amaranth grows remains relatively moist but not wet, regardless of how often you must water to make that the case. Watering Spiny 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 Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth need?
There are a few different ways you can go about determining how much water to give to your Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth. Typically, you should give your Spiny 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 Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth enough?
It can be somewhat difficult to avoid overwatering your Spiny amaranth. On the one hand, these plants have relatively deep roots that require you to moisten the soil weekly. On the other hand, Spiny amaranth are plants that are incredibly susceptible to root rot. Along with root rot, your Spiny amaranth may also experience browning as a result of overwatering. Underwatering is far less likely for your Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth through the seasons?
You can expect your Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth, at times increasing to about three times per week. This is especially true of Spiny 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 Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth at different growth stages?
Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth as a seed. While the seed germinates, you should plant to give more water than your Spiny amaranth will need later in life, watering often enough to maintain consistent soil moisture. After a few weeks, your Spiny 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 Spiny amaranth indoors and outdoors?
There are several reasons why most Spiny amaranth grow outdoors rather than indoors. The first is that these plants typically grow to tall. The second reason is that Spiny 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 Spiny 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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Full sun
Spiny amaranth wholly thrives in an area where the sun's rays are unobstructed for the majority of the day. They can, however, withstand environments where sunlight is somewhat filtered. Overexposure may lead to wilting, while too little light can inhibit robust growth. The plant's origin in sun-abundant habitats contributes to this preference.
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Temperature
0 43 ℃
Spiny amaranth is native to temperate environments with an ideal temperature range of 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38℃). As seasons shift, maintaining temperatures within this range ensures optimal growth. Monitor and adjust as necessary.
Temp for Healthy Growth
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1-2 feet
Spiny amaranth thrives when transplanted during late spring to early summer, a period where optimal temperatures aid in faster growth. It requires a sunny location with well-drained soil. Take care during transplant to minimize disturbance to the root system.
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West
The spiny amaranth aligns well with the western aspect of your space, symbolizing growth and adaptability. Its robust and resilient characteristics are akin to the metal element of the West, often promoting a robust sense of strength within the environment. However, remember this perception varies, reflecting the fluid nature of Feng Shui.
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Also known as: Spiny pigweed, Prickly amaranth
Spiny amaranth (Amaranthus spinosus) is a plant species native to the lowland American tropics. However, spiny amaranth has spread invasively to tropical regions around the globe. This species is named for the sharp spines at each of its leaf nodes.
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Lifespan
Annual
Plant Type
Herb
Planting Time
Fall
Bloom Time
Summer, Fall
Harvest Time
Mid spring, Late spring, Early summer, Mid summer, Late fall
Plant Height
30 cm to 1 m
Spread
61 cm to 91 cm
Leaf Color
Green
Blue
Purple
Flower Size
4 mm to 8 mm
Flower Color
Green
White
Yellow
Fruit Color
Brown
Black
Stem Color
Green
Brown
Dormancy
Winter dormancy
Leaf type
Deciduous
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Name story

Spiny amaranth
Amaranthus spinosus is a serious weed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The plant is featured with large thorns which make it inedible for grazing livestock. This makes weeding difficult in parts of the world where weeding and harvest are done by hand. Therefore, it is called a spiny amaranth.

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Scientific Classification of Spiny amaranth

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Spiny amaranth is a weed found throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada, growing in fields, pastures and agricultural crops. It is a serious invasive weed in tropical and subtropical regions of the world including Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, as well as Europe and the Pacific region. It is highly toxic for cattle, sheep and goats. It causes crop losses, and its spines are a major problem in vegetable and other crops that are harvested manually, as well as a deterrent to grazing livestock. Its thorns also make weeding difficult. Application of mulch to block light or herbicides can help control growth.
How to Control it
Best weeding time: Before fruition Removal: This is a small herbaceous plant. You can remove this weed by gloved hand or by tools. Pruning: This is an annual plant. Repeat pruning its aerial parts to effectively contain its growth. Plowing: Plow the soil before cultivation, and bury the weed entirely in the soil. Chemical control: If the weed is too much to pull out, herbicides will be helpful for its eradication. Note: This plant is thorny. Please plan protection thoroughly.
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Distribution of Spiny amaranth

Habitat of Spiny amaranth

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Distribution Map of Spiny amaranth

Spiny amaranth grows natively from Mexico to South America, but its introduction has been global. It grows naturally in the lowlands, seeking hot, humid conditions in temperate regions. It's considered a serious weed in disturbed areas in Australia, Africa, Europe, the Pacific, and Asia. Its severe thorns make it dangerous for livestock and difficult to remove.
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About 3-6 hours sunlight
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Spiny amaranth wholly thrives in an area where the sun's rays are unobstructed for the majority of the day. They can, however, withstand environments where sunlight is somewhat filtered. Overexposure may lead to wilting, while too little light can inhibit robust growth. The plant's origin in sun-abundant habitats contributes to this preference.
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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
Spiny 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 spiny 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
Spiny 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
Spiny 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
Spiny amaranth is native to temperate environments with an ideal temperature range of 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38℃). As seasons shift, maintaining temperatures within this range ensures optimal growth. Monitor and adjust as necessary.
Regional wintering strategies
Spiny 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
Spiny 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, Spiny 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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How to Successfully Transplant Spiny Amaranth?
Spiny amaranth thrives when transplanted during late spring to early summer, a period where optimal temperatures aid in faster growth. It requires a sunny location with well-drained soil. Take care during transplant to minimize disturbance to the root system.
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Spiny Amaranth?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Spiny Amaranth?
For spiny amaranth, late spring to early summer (think S3-S5) is a stellar transplanting time. It offers the plant a warm environment encouraging robust growth. Timely transplanting ensures healthy plants with luscious foliage. Step one, make your move before budding!
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Spiny Amaranth Plants?
For spiny amaranth, it's best to provide ample room for growth. Ideally, space your plants about 1-2 feet (30.5 - 61 cm) apart. This allows enough room for the plant to comfortably expand and flourish!
What is the Best Soil Mix for Spiny Amaranth Transplanting?
The best soil for spiny amaranth is well-drained and fertile. Prior to planting, enrich the soil with an organic-based fertilizer. This boosts the soil's nutrient levels and promotes healthy plant development.
Where Should You Relocate Your Spiny Amaranth?
Spiny amaranth loves basking in the sun! Choose a location that receives full sunlight for most of the day. If indoors, a south-facing window is an excellent spot. This light exposure will help spiny amaranth to grow strong and vibrant.
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Spiny Amaranth?
Gardening Gloves
To shield your hands from thorns and soil during the transplanting process.
A Shovel or Garden Trowel
To dig a trench and then lift the plant.
A Watering Can or Hose
To water the plant during the transplanting process.
Mulch
Needed to help retain the soil's moisture after transplanting spiny amaranth.
Organic Compost
To enrich the new site's soil.
How Do You Remove Spiny Amaranth from the Soil?
From Ground: Start by watering the spiny amaranth plant to dampen the soil. Subsequently, use a shovel or garden trowel to carefully dig a wide trench around it, ensuring you don't damage the root ball. Once the trench is wide enough, slowly work the shovel under the root ball and gently lift the plant from the ground.
From Pot: First, water the spiny amaranth to moisten the soil in the pot. Then, tilt the pot on its side and carefully slide the plant out. If the plant is stuck, tap gently on the pot's sides.
From Seedling Tray: Moisten the tray soil, then gently use a thin tool to lift each spiny amaranth seedling by easing it up under the root ball.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Spiny Amaranth
Step1 Preparation
Prior to transplanting, water spiny amaranth thoroughly in its original location. The soil in the new planting site should be prepared, too, by enriching it with organic compost.
Step2 Dig It Up
Carefully remove spiny amaranth from its original location using the appropriate method.
Step3 Transplanting Process
Dig a hole in the new location, the same depth but twice width of the root ball. Place the plant in the hole and cover it with soil, pressing gently around the base.
Step4 Water
Water spiny amaranth immediately after transplanting to help it settle in.
Step5 Mulch
Spread a layer of mulch around the base to maintain soil moisture.
How Do You Care For Spiny Amaranth After Transplanting?
Frequency of Watering
After transplanting, keep the soil well-watered until spiny amaranth shows signs of new growth. Then, reduce the frequency of watering to prevent overwatering which could lead to root rot.
Weed Control
Regularly check and remove any weeds around spiny amaranth to prevent competition for nutrients and water.
Support
Depending on the growth habit of spiny amaranth, you may need to stake the plants to prevent them from falling over as they grow.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Spiny Amaranth Transplantation.
What's the perfect time for transplanting spiny amaranth?
The ideal time for transplanting spiny amaranth is between the stages S3 to S5, usually late spring to early summer.
How much spacing should I provide when transplanting spiny amaranth?
When transplanting spiny amaranth, maintain a gap of about 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) between each plant to ensure proper growth.
What type of soil should I choose for transplanting spiny amaranth?
Well-drained, fertile soil that is rich in organic matter is perfect for transplanting spiny amaranth. Avoid heavy clay or waterlogged grounds.
What's the watering regime for spiny amaranth after transplanting?
Water spiny amaranth thoroughly right after transplanting. Thereafter, adjust watering to keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged.
How much light does spiny amaranth need after being transplanted?
Spiny amaranth loves the sun. Post transplant, ensure your plants are getting 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
How should I handle spiny amaranth roots during transplanting?
Handle the roots of spiny amaranth gently during transplanting to prevent damage. Try to keep the root ball intact.
Do I need to apply any fertilizer after transplanting spiny amaranth?
A light application of a balanced fertilizer can help spiny amaranth to establish quickly post-transplant. Always follow product instructions.
Should I prune spiny amaranth after transplanting?
The initial focus after transplanting should be on root growth. For spiny amaranth, pruning is not necessary unless the plant is overgrown.
What should I do if the leaves of spiny amaranth start to wilt after transplanting?
If spiny amaranth's leaves wilt post-transplant, check soil moisture. Both under and over-watering can cause wilting. Adjust watering as required.
How deep should I plant spiny amaranth during transplanting?
Transplants should be set at the same depth they were growing at before. Usually, it's about 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) for spiny amaranth.
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