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Orach

Commonly known as Mountain Spinach, French Spinach or Sea Purslane, colorful Orach is an easy-to-grow European and Siberian native. Its zesty, but never bitter, baby leaves may be used in the kitchen just like Spinach, although it looks and grows quite differently than Spinach in the garden. It is more tolerant of hot and cold temperature swings than Spinach.

Average seed life: 5 years.

To broaden the range of texture and flavor in your garden and salads, don't forget to plant some of these specialty Salad Greens: Arugula, Asian Greens, Chervil, Claytonia, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Frisee, Giant Red Mustard, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mâche, Mibuna, Minutina, Mizuna, Orach, Radicchio, Salad Blends, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Tatsoi.

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Direct-Sow Basics

Orach Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”-1/2”
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.

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