A lovely addition to vegetable gardens, edible landscapes, and ornamental plantings, this medium-sized to large annual has been cultivated for thousands of years for its nutritious, tasty, and attractive leaves. Native to Asia, it has naturalized over much of Europe, the Mediterranean and North America.
Heart-shaped or arrow-shaped leaves with smooth or toothed margins line the upright unbranched stems. The leaves are red or purple, with a luminous sheen when young. Leaf and stem color are usually similar. In hot weather stems "bolt," elongating to produce numerous spike-like clusters of inconspicuous purplish-green flowers. Although the feathery flower heads are attractive, bolting causes plants to decline in flavor. Orache bolts less readily than spinach, making it a better choice as a summer vegetable. If not deadheaded plants will self-sow, often coming true from seed.
This easy to grow crop may be started indoors or sown directly in the garden. It prefers full sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil. It tolerates poor soils and saline conditions. Orache will withstand light frost. Sow in late fall or early spring in temperate zones and in winter in frost-free climates. Feed with a balanced fertilizer once plants begin to leaf out. Orache grows best when watered regularly.
Suited to either the veggie or ornamental garden, orache is most ornamental in its purple- and red-leaved forms. Harvest a few leaves per plant starting about 40 days after sowing. Best flavor comes from young, vigorously growing plants. Cook orache as you would spinach, or toss it raw in salads; the colorful leaves provide a visual punch to any meal. Red-leaved forms usually do not lose their color when cooked.
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Genus - Atriplex
Species - Hortensis
Common name - Butterleaves
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 1,50 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Annual Herb
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border
Leaf / Flower color - Red / --
Sow seeds from May to June directly in the soil 5 mm deep.
Temperature for germination - min. +15C.
Germination time - 7-14 days.
Also can be sown and grown inside in pots or greenhouses.
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