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Double Purple Orach Organic

Double Purple Orach Organic


Atriplex hortensis 45 days. This wonderful deep purple mountain spinach is a terrific spring green. It grows to 5 feet tall with thick, savoyed, large, spade-shaped purple leaves that can be used like spinach. Contains three times the vitamin C as spinach! An outstanding annual ornamental edible.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 55 seeds per 1/2 gram.
  • MS491/L
  • 1/2 gram Organic
  • $3.25

  • MS491/M
  • 3 grams Organic
  • $5.95

  • MS491/N
  • 1/2 oz Organic
  • $13.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthThin Plants ToSeed SpacingRow SpacingSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
50-70°F2-151/4-1/2"6-12"1-2"16-18"Listed per varietyLow

Savor the flavors that fill the kitchens of Europe. Fast and easy to grow, greens are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Enjoy them in soups, lightly steamed, or raw for a low calorie and highly nutritious part of your diet.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Gourmet greens perform best when planted in early spring or fall
• Most will tolerate light to moderate frosts with minimal cover
• Plants are most vigorous and the flavors are better when daytime air temperatures are between 60-70°F
• Most greens are best direct sown
• Apply 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet, and 1 inch of compost
• Cover seeds with Reemay or Grow Guard 20 to help deter birds and improve germination
• Sow greens every couple of weeks to ensure a continuous supply of young plants

Direct Sowing
• Use row cover to improve germination and prevent soil crusting
• Thin as soon as 2-3 true leaves have formed

• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Aphids and flea beetles
Insect control: Strong spray of water, or applications of Pyrethrin or Neem oil
Disease prevention: 3-4 year crop rotation, and proper plant spacing allows air circulation to prevent molds

Harvest & Storage
• Harvest greens frequently and when young
• As with all greens, a rinse in cold water will help preserve the flavor and texture
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Easy to Grow and Beautiful
Mar 29, 2014  |  By Jordan
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We planted this Purple Orach many years ago, and self seeded and volunteered prolifically ever since, It is one of earliest greens, it tastes about the same as spinach, resists bolting far better than spinach and is a beautiful ornamental as well.