Amaranthus is widely grown as a cereal crop throughout South America and grows well in the UK in summer. The leaves and seeds are edible and the plants are highly decorative and can be planted in flower beds. Most plants do better when planted with other beneficial plants, read on for the benefits of Amaranth companion plants.
COMPANION PLANTS FOR AMARANTHUS
In its native country, Amaranthus is a perennial, but here in the UK, it only grows as an annual. This gives us a short season between frosts, so its companion plants will also be warm-weather crops. companion plants for Amaranthus include
Tomato with Amaranthus
Tomatoes with Amaranthus
Growing tomatoes in association with Amaranthus will protect your tomatoes from many harmful pests. This is due to the fact that Amaranthus is a host for beneficial predatory beetles. These bugs will destroy or prevent bad bugs from entering your tomatoes.
Potatoes with Amaranthus
Planting Amaranthus with potatoes will increase potato yields and prevent bad bugs from getting in.
Sweet corn with Amaranthus
Amaranthus leaves provide shade for the roots of sweet potatoes while keeping the soil moist. After you have harvested the sweet potatoes and Amaranthus, the soil will be perfect for sowing carrots. The soil will be well broken down, allowing the roots of the carrots to grow deeper as they seek moisture.
Eggplant with Amaranthus
Another member of the nightshade family will benefit from additional pest protection when planted with Amaranthus.
Cucumber with Amaranthus
Encourage cucumber plants to grow with Amaranthus as support. Use smaller varieties and pick regularly.
Runner beans with Amaranthus
Let Amaranthus establish and then plant some runner beans next to them. Train the beans to form vines around the Amaranthus plants and you will find the sturdy Amaranthus will support them comfortably.
Chili peppers and Amaranthus
All members of the nightshade family, including Amaranthus peppers, will thrive. The beneficial beetles found in Amaranthus plants will prevent pests from entering your pepper and chili plants.
Peas and Amaranthus
In addition to beans, peas also fix nitrogen in the air, which leaves more nitrogen for your Amaranthus plants to reap the benefits.
Marigold and Amaranthus
Amaranthus Companion Plants – Amaranthus Companion Calendula
Planting marigolds with Amaranthus will prevent nematodes, but will also attract slugs. It is recommended to plant Marigold as a sacrificial plant to prevent slugs from causing damage to your Amaranthus.
WHAT NOT TO PLANT NEXT TO AMARANTHUS
Weeds and Amaranthus
Amaranthus seedlings can be overwhelmed by too many weeds and should be controlled. Once established there will be no such problem as the leaves of Amaranthus will provide ground cover and prevent weed seeds from germinating.
Hornbeam and Amaranthus
Some sources claim that Amaranthus should not be planted with crocus, but no one has given a reason. However, it is best to err on the side of caution, as all parts of crocus are toxic.
So there you have it what to grow with Amaranthus and what not to grow with Amaranthus. For more information on growing Amaranthus, click here.