How to grow Saltbush

Saltbush growing shrub‎ of the genus Atriplex also known as Orache, Saltbush perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental drought tolerant hedge plant and also for medical uses, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 4-11.

Saltbush leaves

Leaves edible in color green-gray or purple with ovate, elliptic or triangle shape, the leaf taste it’s salty, sometime next to the flower the leaves become purple.

Flower color can be: red, pink, purple or green the flowers grow in the end of the stems and the color of the leaves changed to purple.

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Requirements for Saltbush growing and care:

Frost free (can survive light frost), well-drained soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
All year

Pests and diseases:
Snails, slugs

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Just for design

Size of the plant?
1-3 m, 40-120 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade (some varieties can grow in shade but need light very rare)

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Winter to spring

General information about the flower:
Flower color red, pink, purple or green, the flowers grow in the end of the stems and the color of the leaves changed to purple.

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season:
All year

How to harvest the leaves?
After the plant establish can trip free

Information about leaves:
Salty leaves in ovate shape in gray-green or purple color

Uses of Saltbush leaves:
Pastry, eaten raw, cooked, dried, herb, spices, as salt

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