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Old June 9, 2014   #1
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Default Anyone Grow Orach?

I am growing it for the first time this year and it about 18 inches tall now and a single stock with leaves growing out from the stock. If I pinch the top, will it grow into two branches like basil does?

It is a very beautiful deep red and I am growing it in my front garden beds. Lots of people comment on it when they walk by.
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I assumed you were asking about ocra
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No. Orach.
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I have tried the grow this but, it would not even germinate. This happened twice. I bought more seed but, the results were the same. Maybe I will learn how some day.

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When i tried to grow it the darn sparrows stole the sprouts every time.
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Svtrob, is ocra red? I haven't grown it.

peppero, I haven't had great luck with germination either. I started about 10 seeds and only two germinated. I think I may try rubbing the tiny things on sandpaper to scuff them so the germinate more easily.

heirloomguy, the sparrows pluck the seedlings right out of the ground?!
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Orach and okra are two different things. There is also red okra called Burgundy which I have grown. My husband loves okra. It is difficult to get good crops in our climate but I persevere and if I get a couple of meals out of it he is happy. I usually grow the green varieties.

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Svtrob, is ocra red? I haven't grown it.

peppero, I haven't had great luck with germination either. I started about 10 seeds and only two germinated. I think I may try rubbing the tiny things on sandpaper to scuff them so the germinate more easily.

heirloomguy, the sparrows pluck the seedlings right out of the ground?!
The sparrows nip the sprouts right off at soil level every time. I tried germinating outside but had no luck. Next time i will start it under the grow lights for sure.
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I decided to go ahead and top off one of the tall stocks and it did split the way that basil does. It is a beautiful color and somewhat similar to spinach in flavor but more tart. I like it!
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I bought a pack of the color mix at Baker Creek ( I think I have an older sample from a mmmm and will try that too) .I planted half the pack based on comments , wanting to try one of two if possible I soaked the seeds in water for 2 days (changing each day) and have at least a dozen with little tails in the water cup. Not a fan at all of giant noble or any of the other summer spinaches. We'll see ...

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