Growing Orach Plants In Your Garden

Growing Orach Plants In Your Garden

Looking for an alternative to spinach? the you can choose orach plants, will give it a run for its money. Orach can be used fresh or cooked like spinach. A cool season plant, orach is a warm season alternative to spinach that is less likely to bolt. A member of the Chenopodiaceae family, orach (Atriplex hortensis) is also known as Garden Orache, Red Orach, Mountain Spinach, French Spinach and Sea Purslane. It is also sometimes referred to as Salt Bush due to its tolerance for alkaline and saline soils. The name orach is derived from the Latin ‘aurago’ meaning golden herb. Orach plants are grown much like spinach in USDA zones 4-8. Seeds should be sown in full sun to part shade about 2-3 weeks after the last frost for your area. Sow seeds ¼ to ½ inch deep spaced 2 inches apart in rows a foot to 18 inches apart. With germination temps of between 50-65 degrees F. (10 to 18 C.), seeds should sprout within 7-14 days. Thin the seedlings to 6-12 inches in the row. The thinnings can be eaten, tossed into salads much as any other baby green. Thereafter, there is little special orach care except to keep the plants moist. Although orach is drought tolerant, the leaves will have better flavor if kept irrigated.

This delicious plant tolerates both alkaline soil and salt and is frost tolerant as well. Orach plants does beautifully as a container planting too. Harvest the tender leaves and stems when plants are 4-6 inches in height, about 40-60 days after sowing. Continue to harvest the young leaves as they mature, leaving the older leaves on the plant. Pinch flower buds to encourage branching and continued production of new leaves. Successive plantings can be made until the weather warms and, in cooler climates, mid-summer plantings can be made for a fall harvest.

Backyard Garden With Magenta Orach Vegetable Plants

Backyard Garden With Magenta Orach Vegetable Plants

Orach is the common name (also known as saltbush or orache) for members of the Atriplex genus, which has more than 250 different species of plants that have some very unique qualities.

Outdoor Orach Vegetable Plants In The Garden

Outdoor Orach Vegetable Plants In The Garden

A native of Europe and Siberia, orach is possibly one of the more ancient cultivated plants.

Asian Purple Orach Garden Plants

Asian Purple Orach Garden Plants

Sow orach seeds in the spring as early as the soil can be worked, two inches apart in rows that are 12-18 inches apart.

Garden With Vegetable Orach Plants

Garden With Vegetable Orach Plants

As to harvesting orach plants, plants mature between 30-40 days but, as mentioned, you can begin harvesting orach plants at thinning.

Magenta Orach Vegetable Plants

Magenta Orach Vegetable Plants

Orach has a mild chard-like flavor but tastes saltier than most greens as the minerals from the soil are stored in the plant’s leaves.

Outdoor Garden With Purple Orach Plants

Outdoor Garden With Purple Orach Plants

Grow Orach seeds and grow some beautiful vegetable plants for an edible landscape.

Outdoor Yard With Orach Plants

Outdoor Yard With Orach Plants

The Orach plant is part of the Atriplex species and is also known as a “saltbush.” It grows in salty soil on coastlines and can be found in Northeast Asia, the Middle East, North America, Southern Europe, and North Africa.

Purple Orach Vegetable Plants

Purple Orach Vegetable Plants

Orach is an ancient crop entertaining a more recent resurgence in popularity.

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