Red Orach Organic

Quick Facts:

    • Bright red, succulent, tasty leaves
    • Very well adapted for coastal growing
    • Open pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 45 days

Red Orach Organic

Description:


CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Atriplex hortensis. Not well known in North America, this tasty ornamental plant has been used as a food source since the mesolithic era. Pliny the Elder named the plant Atriplex. It is a useful, fast-growing, open pollinated plant that makes excellent micro-greens, baby leaf, and salad greens. It brings a burst of colour and flavour to salad mixes, and it can be grown in containers. Plant Red Orach Organic seeds at nearly any time of the year for fresh greens in just over a month, or micro-greens in three weeks. Orach is quite similar to spinach in flavour, with a slightly saltier taste, but it is much more heat tolerant than spinach.

Matures in 45 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
0.5g (approx. 301 seeds) MS564A $3.19 In stock $0.00
2.5g (approx. 1505 seeds) MS564B $4.99 In stock $0.00
10g (approx. 6020 seeds) MS564C $8.99 In stock $0.00
50g (approx. 23.99 seeds) MS564D $23.99 In stock $0.00
250g (approx. 150500 seeds) MS564E $91.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
$0.00
*Please note, this product cannot be shipped to the USA.

Quick Facts:

    • Bright red, succulent, tasty leaves
    • Very well adapted for coastal growing
    • Open pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 45 days

How To Grow

Salad greens are usually picked at an immature size and coaxed into regrowing several times. They are a perfect choice for container gardening, as long as a good soil mixture is in place. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Mescluns and Salad Greens Guide and grow great salad all year long.

Difficulty
Easy

We Recommend: West Coast Market Mix (MS489) isn’t just for the West Coast. It’s a fast-growing blend of lettuces, chicories, arugula and herbs intended to be harvested as baby greens. Tasty! Enjoy repeated harvests of crisp and succulent salad greens.
For Urban Gardeners: City Garden Blend (LT450) is lovely. Several different seeds are pelleted together, so you only need to plant three or four pellets in a 3 to 5 gallon container. Watch as a beautiful selection of different green and red lettuces grows in, and then start harvesting! This blend requires very little space, and can be accomplished on a sunny windowsill.

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Zone: 2-12

Timing
Seed every three weeks from March to September for a continuous harvest. Provide frost protection with a cloche or heavy row cover starting in late October, and many mesclun types and mixes will continue to grow all winter.

Starting
Plant in a block or in a wide row. Sprinkle the seeds evenly over prepared, moist soil. Try to space seeds about 1cm (½”) apart. Cover lightly with soil, and firm them in. Four grams of seed will plant a 12m (40′) row that is 7cm (3″) wide, so don’t plant the whole packet at once. For container growing, choose containers that are at least 10cm (4″) deep. Wider is better. The most common mistake is over-planting.

Growing
Moderately fertile soil – particularly if you’re planning mutliple harvests. Dig in 1 cup of complete organic fertilizer for every 3m (10′) of row. For containers, use peat or coir based mix with compost added. Water regularly. If growth slows after harvest, use a bit of kelp or fish based fertilizer to provide a boost of nutrition for the next growth spurt.

Harvest
There are two methods of gathering salad greens. You can use scissors to cut everything about 2-5cm (1-2″) from the ground, when the plants are about 10-15cm (3-4″) tall. Or, you can pick individual leaves as they’re needed. The first cutting may contain more brassicas than lettuces (arugula, mizuna) but if you cut the mix back when the leaves are still small, the lettuce will catch up. The salad greens will regrow for a second harvest in another 2 or 3 weeks.

Diseases & Pests
Slugs love baby greens and flea beetles love brassica leaves.