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Title: Growing colourful and nutritious Amaranths
Authors: Bhatia, A L
Keywords: Amaranths
Cholai
Rajakeera
Ramdana
nutritious
ornamental
cultivation
Issue Date: Feb-2005
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. cl.7A01H5/00
Abstract: Amaranths are colourful, quick growing and nutritious plants suitable for growing as a backdrop in sunny border garden. Amaranths are locally known as Batu, Bhabhri, Cholai, Ganhar, Harave, Keere, Maarsu, Marsha, Pung-keerai, Rajakeera, Ramdana, Sawal and  Sil. They have recently gained popularity as an ornamental plant. Amaranth is a useful annual addition to the garden during the warmer months. It is refreshing to have the annual plant varieties like Amaranths in garden. Plants in the Amaranths family thrive in the sun and poor soil and grow quickly to the size of a small shrub. They grow vigorously, resist drought, heat and pests and adept readily to new environments, as weeds also that are inhospitable to conventional cereal crops. Amaranths are both historic and contemporary plants. The varieties and species belonging to the genus Amaranthus Linn. are complex and diverse both genetically and taxonomically. Even within one species, the ranges of forms and uses are remarkable. The paper deals with the introduction, utilization and cultivation aspects of this crop to help plant growers and researchers in developing Amaranths as an economic and prospective crop.  
Page(s): 40-45
ISSN: 0975-1092 (Online); 0972-592X (Print)
Source:NPR Vol.4(1) [January-February 2005]

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