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Red Orache [atriplex hortensis]

Red Orache [atriplex hortensis]

Regular price €2,50 EUR
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Tips to reduce water use

We recommend mulching the beds.
Experience has shown that covering the ground with hay or straw can reduce evaporation by 80%. Keeping the beds evenly moist will create an optimal moist microclimate under the mulch. This not only helps the plants to grow, but also reduces the water consumption enormously. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and crop quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times.
Even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time. Drying out the soil causes a huge reduction in the micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in an infertile soil.
Tests have shown that the addition of water to the entire bed is lower over a longer period of time than if it is only poured selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured areas, as opposed to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed were filled with moisture.
Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to reach this level again and again.

Shippping and pickup information

We offer CTT shipping for seeds worldwide! With us you always get a tracking number to track your parcel. The shipping costs differ depending on the continent.
Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping Portugal (with Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or Parcel up to 500g = €4.50
Parcel up to 2kg = €8
Parcel more than 2kg = €16

Europe shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €9.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €14
Parcel up to 2kg = €20
Parcel more than 2kg = €40

United States shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €8.50
Pa up to 500g = €15.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €24
Parcel up to 2kg = €33.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €67

World shipping (to all other areas)
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €14
Parcel up to 1kg = €21
Parcel up to 2kg = €31.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €63

After completing your order when you check out, you will receive an order confirmation email from us with your tracking number.

Pick up
You can pick up your order at any time by appointment at our farm or at the markets we visit. The possible pick-up options will be displayed to you directly when you check out.

Markets we visit can be found above in the menu bar under"Market Dates"

Orache is an annual, old and very impressive vegetable. The very old and forgotten vegetable plant grows tall, is very vigorous and productive. Its leaves taste tender and very mild compared to conventional spinach. The leaves are harvested and can either be eaten raw in a salad or cooked like spinach.
There is written evidence of its cultivation in Central Europe as early as 800 AD in the estate of Charlemagne and a little later also in Hildegard von Bingen.

The orache isn`t only wonderfully suited as food for self-sufficiency, but is also noteworthy as a medicinal plant, dye plant and source of biomass.

General information
Plant family: Amaranthaceae
Lifecycle: Annual
Days until harvest: 30 days
Plant hight approx: 150 cm
Root type: Deep and shallow rooter
Nutrient requirements: Medium
Water requirements: Medium
Winter hardiness: until 3°C
Location: Semi shady until sunny
Soil: Permeable, moist, nutrient rich, hummus, loamy

pH value: 6 to 7.5

Information on sowing and planting
Germ type: Dark germinator
Sowing depth: 1-2 cm
Best germination temperature: 8-15°C
Germination time: 7-14 days
Plant-, row distance: 15x30 cm

Optimal mix culture: Cabbage, potato, pea, beans
Unfavorable mix culture: 

Planting information
Red orache can be sown outdoors after the frosts from February. The sowing is carried out by broadcast and is only worked in flat.
Later separate the young plants to 15x30cm. It is also possible to let the plants stand closer together, but then each individual plant will not reach its full potential. A sunny location is possible with constant moist soil in Portugal. In more northern regions, it thrives particularly well in full sun. The plant is optimally harvested at a height of 40cm and then shortened by 20cm. This causes the orchard to sprout again, which prolongs the harvest.

Other names
Latin botanical names: atriplex hortensis
English names: Red orache
German names: Rote Gartenmelde
Portuguese names: Pomar Vermelho
Spanish names: Huerto rojo
French names: Verger rouge

Rich in proteins and carbohydrates, vitamins B and C, niacin, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium.

Potent germination capacity: 2-3 years

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