Red mountain spinach (Atriplex hortensis var. rubra)
Red mountain spinach (Atriplex hortensis var. rubra) is a plant in the annuals and biennials category that can grow 50cm – 1.5m tall and 10cm – 50cm wide. In this growing guide we’ll learn the cultivation details and how to plant Red mountain spinach (Atriplex hortensis var. rubra).
This plant has several common names including: red mountain spinach or red orach.
This is a deciduous plant that takes 1-2 years to reach full maturity.
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Common name: red mountain spinach, red orach
Scientific name: Atriplex hortensis var. rubra
Plant type: Annual / Biennial
Habit: Columnar / Upright
Height: 50cm – 1.5m
Spread: 10cm – 50cm
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Loam, Sand
Moisture: Well drained
Garden type: Informal Garden
Planting type: Flower borders and bedding
Annuals and biennials are ideal for formal or informal flower beds, but also for growing in pots and containers of all kinds. They are important plants for their rapid growth, instant color and relatively low cost.
They are also useful plants for filling spaces between newly planted trees and shrubs, as well as in perennial beds that may need to be revived after the first spring bloom.
They are an important ingredient in country house gardens and wildflower meadows.
How to plant
In this section we will learn how to plant Red mountain spinach (Atriplex hortensis var. rubra), know its needs in terms of soil, watering and sun exposure.
Red mountain spinach (Atriplex hortensis var. rubra) is a plant that prefers to grow in loam or sand.
The loam soil is dark, rich in organic matter but balanced in minerals. It offers the best of all worlds, retaining enough water for the plants, but allowing excess moisture to drain away. This is the most desired type of garden soil, perfect for most plants.
Sandy soil is light, porous and very easy to drain. It is a soil poor in organic matter and nutrients. It is composed of relatively large mineral particles that allow water to drain quickly.
It is not very sensitive to soil acidity or alkalinity and grows well in soils with pH acid, alkaline or neutral.
Regarding drainage, Atriplex hortensis var. rubra likes to grow in well drained soil.
Red mountain spinach (Atriplex hortensis var. rubra) should be grown in full sun places.