Surface or barely cover
Seed To Bloom:
Harvest leaves when young and tender at about 40-60 days after sowing.
Sow 4-6 weeks before last frost.
Recommended. Sow in early spring when the soil is cool and frost is still possible. Sow again after frost if harvesting edible leaves, and again in midsummer for fall harvest.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Mountain spinach or orach is a cool-season crop that reliably produces tender young leaves into summer after regular spinach has bolted. Harvest small plants when thinning, or make trimmings as a "cut and come again" crop. Beautiful as an ornamental, the colorful tall plumes become beaded with ripening seed. Grow in the veggie garden and mixed borders.
Although somewhat drought tolerant, water during dry spells to inhibit bolting and maintain quality.
Slightly acid to slightly alkaline
Mix in about 2" of compost before planting.
Diseases & Pests:
No major problems. Aphids can be discouraged by hosing down leaves with water.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when dangling seedpods develop.