Direct-Sow Basics

Orach Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Seed Spacing:1”-2”
Row Spacing:18”-24”
Days to Germination:3-14 days
Germination Temperature:50°-65°F

Commonly known as Mountain Spinach, Orach is easy to grow and is more tolerant of hot and cold temperature swings than is Spinach. It doesn’t like to be transplanted: direct sow 1⁄4" to 1⁄2" deep in rich, well-draining soil as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring, or in late summer for late fall harvest. Keep the soil evenly moist. Once seedlings are 2" tall, thin to 6" to 18" apart to grow mature plants or just 2" apart to scissor harvest baby leaves when the plants are about 6" tall. Without incremental baby leaf harvest, Orach can grow to 4' tall with much larger leaves. It performs well in heat without bolting but produces most readily in cooler weather. The Aurora Orach Mixture yields a profusion of arrow-shaped leaves in red, gold, dark green, pink, carmine and deep purple for salads, stir-fries, soups and stews.