Orach - Red - Atriplex hortensis
Hardy Annual Red Orach is also called Mountain Spinach. The magenta-red leaves will not change color when cooked. Use this nutritious green in salads (small, raw leaves) or take the larger leaves and cook them. The flavor is a nuttier version of spinach. Orach grows well in warm weather when spinach bolts.
Soil and Water: Orach wants moderately fertile soil with added organic matter. Provide moderate water.
Planting and Growing: These greens prefer cooler weather, but tolerate warm temperatures. Start seeds indoors 3 weeks before the last frost and continue planting every 2 weeks until midsummer.
Harvesting and Storage: Begin harvesting when leaves are 1" long. Steam larger 3"-4" long leaves. Harvest a few leaves at a time from the whole plant. Mature leaves are popular for floral arrangements.
Did You Know? Drop a leaf in a pot of cooking rice to make the rice a rosy color.
Soil Temperature: 50-65°F
Planting Depth: 1/2"
Germination: 6-15 Days
Height At Maturity: 3'-6'
Days to Maturity: 30-40 Days
Sun/Shade: Partial Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 2"-6"
Approx Seeds per 1/4 lb : 8,000 Seeds
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