Quinoa Seedlings Germinate Successfully

Having mastered the art of cooking quinoa I am now trying to grow my own quinoa in my home garden. I found some quinoa seeds for sale online that are suitable for growing in cooler climates. So last weekend I took a tray with 24 growing pods in it and filled it with multipurpose compost. I then put 2 seeds in each pod and lightly covered them with some more compost. Having watered them I left them on the shelf in my conservatory.

On wednesday the first signs of germination were apparent with little leaves poking through the compost. By Sunday all the pods had little 1 inch high seedlings in them. I am growing a variety called Rainbow as the seeds are all different colours when the are ready to pick. You also cannot buy this variety in health food stores.

I was very surprised at the high germination rate of the quinoa. I had expected to only have a few plants to choose from. As it is I have at least 30. My plot will only take about 6 in the space I have reserved. So I will be throwing the rest out unless I can find someone with spare allotment space nearby.

I will wait until the seedlings are about 6 inches high before planting out. I am told that the quinoa plants are quite vigourous and will grow to a height of about 6 foot. When they are big enough I will post a few quinoa photos to show how they are doing. By September I hope to be cooking with my own home grown quinoa – very exciting.

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My name is Ken and I am the author of The Quinoa Cookbook. My book is the top selling book worldwide on how to cook quinoa and has over 70 quinoa recipes included.
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6 Responses to Quinoa Seedlings Germinate Successfully

  1. DramaMama says:

    Hi – I planted quinoa but I have no idea what the seedlings are supposed to look like! Did you post pics? Would you please direct me to them? Thanks!

  2. Ken says:

    Hi DramaMama

    I have taken some pics – I will post them in the nexr day or so.

  3. MIKE says:

    HEY I WANT TO START GROWIMG MY OUN TOO. WHERE CAN I BUY SEEDS FOR RGOWING IN HOT WEATHER. THANKS

  4. Ken says:

    Hi Mike
    I am going to try and find some sources for quinoa seeds in the next week. I will post the information on this website.
    Ken

  5. Carlos says:

    Hi

    How did you go with your quinoa growing?

    Carlos

  6. Ken says:

    It went fine quite easy really. Harvesting the seeds was the hardest part.
    I will be growing more next year

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