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Garden orache      

Atriplex hortensis

  • 44 plantings
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  • 18 wanted
  • 60 stashed

Garden orache is part of the Atriplex genus. Its scientific name is Atriplex hortensis. The botanical name epithet for Garden orache (hortensis) means 'of the garden'.

Orach is a tall, leafy, quickly growing plant from the spinach family. The leaves are arrow shaped, tender, purple, dark red or red-green. Later in the season it produces a mass of red purple flowers and it seeds easily.
Easily a colourful addition to the flower border, as well as the vegetable plot.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Medium jungle green and   Tuscan red and   Barn red. When mature, blooms are roughly 0.2 cm (that's 0.08 inches in imperial) in diameter. The mature flowers are of a single form. Leaves appear approximately as a   Lavender purple and   Barn red

It is a flowering edible vegetable / ornamental that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year.

Garden orache is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.00 metres (3.25 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer, followed by first harvests in late summer.

This plant is a great attractor for butterflies and bees, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Garden orache is a great choice.

Garden orache is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Garden orache have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Garden orache

  • Partial Sun

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Grows quickly enjoys a bright fertile spot to produce leafy growth. Can be grown as a vegetable, or in the flower border as an ornamental, especially the varieties with coloured leaves

Try to plant in a location that enjoys partial sun / full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Garden orache is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Garden orache to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Garden orache from seed

Very quick to germinate and easily self seeds, grows quickly

Transplanting Garden orache

Plant directly outdoors in early spring, similar to spinach. Orach sprouts can survive frosts, snows, and cold rain so there is no reason to start these seeds indoors.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Garden orache is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Garden orache

the leaves can be harvested, and the plant let to grow, or the shoots nipped out. These are used like spinach. Or grow on to flower and seed in a flower border

Seed Saving Garden orache

Seed is produced easily and can be collected on a dry day from late summer. Store in dry conditions for uses next season

How long does Garden orache take to grow?

These estimates for how long Garden orache takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Garden orache to germinate?
5 days

Average 5 days | Min 2 days | Max 31 days (12)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Garden orache?
+ 14 days

Average 14 days | Min 7 days | Max 52 days (3)

Days to Maturity How long until Garden orache is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 163 days

Average 163 days | Min 163 days | Max 163 days (1)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Garden orache?
= 182 days

Garden orache Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin hortensis meaning “of the garden”

Other names for Garden orache

Red mountain spinach, Red Orach, Mountain Spinach, French Spinach, Orache, Arrach

Atriplex hortensis L.

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