Red Orache

An alternative to spinach.
Common name : Red Orache
Scientific name : Atriplex hortensis
Family : Amaranthaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Annual
Easy peasy
Easy peasy
Edible
Edible
Atriplex hortensis is a hardy annual plant with a salty, spinach-like taste. The leaves are used cooked or in salads. It was commonly grown in Mediterranean regions from early times until spinach became the more favored leaf vegetable. The leaves appear in red, white and green varieties. It is commonly grown as a warm-weather alternative to spinach because it is more tolerant of heat and slower to bolt in warm weather.

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Flowering

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Harvestint

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 60 - 150
pH 6 - 7

Identify my red orache

Red orache are annuals with upright stems, fluted and branched, with alternate leaves, large, triangular, purple, blonde or green depending on the variety.

Sow my red orache

From March to September, every 3 weeks, sow your red orache in fresh soil, rich, not too calcareous, in non-drying sun or in semi shade. Space the rows 40 cm, dig shallow furrows, sow by hand regularly, cover with 1 cm of thin soil, water gently.

Water my red orache

Water especially after the sowing and during summer. Water twice a week for the first month. Then, you will only need to water during dry periods. Don't tire yourself out. The rest of the time, watering only causes disease!

Remove my red orache

After flowering, pull the remaining plants up, keeping one or two so you will have seeds to harvest in September.

Propagate my red orache

Collect some seeds in September, on some plants that you have kept for this purpose.

Thin out my red orache

After emergence, thin the plants out, leaving only one plant every 20-30 centimeters, to facilitate their development. You can of course immediately transplant the plants that you have clarified, on new lines!

Reap my red orache

Harvest according to your needs, leaf by leaf begnning as early as 6 weeks after sowing. Do not forget that the red orache become tough if you let them produce seeds.

Mulch my red orache

Mulch the base of your red orache after emergence, they do not like the drought.

Fertilize my red orache

Fertilize your garden as a whole, in November, by a decomposed manure, compost not necessarily very decomposed. Cover it with a mulch of leaves and wood (not to bring only nitrogen elements that unbalance the soil too much)

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