Atriplex hortensis (38 days) Open-pollinated. In his Wild Garden Seed catalog, originator Frank Morton calls it “mountain spinach for merry pranksters.” This mix of golden, dark purple, purple and carmine day-glo will give orach a whole new aura in your garden and salad mixes. As Morton says, “Exotic forms and high-contrast high-intensity color sells seed, and good taste and easy culture sells that seed year after year.” Seed is bract-free (decorticated). OSSI. ①
3150 Aurora Orach Mix - Organic
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About 4,000-7,000 seeds/oz.
Culture: Thrives in cool weather and should be direct-sown as soon as the ground can be worked. Can be pinched back to encourage production and retard bolting. Produces an abundance of seed that can be saved, and will occasionally self-sow.
Key salad ingredient once called the Cabbage of Love, also known as Mountain Spinach, popular in the 19th century then forgotten for many years.
Days to maturity are from emergence after direct seeding.
All greens are open-pollinated except where noted.
Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.