How to grow Saltbush

Saltbush grow and care – shrub‎ of the genus Atriplex also known as Orache, Saltbush perennial evergreen plant, grown for the edible leaves also used as ornamental plant can be hedge plant, its drought tolerant 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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How to grow Saltbush – growing condition and care:

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

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – Cutting possible to put in water and switch the water every few days or put the stem in soil better peat soil and better with root growth hormone, in both cutting methods better to do it in warm season, with high humidity

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easy to grow from cutting

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring in hardiness zone 4-6, spring to summer in hardiness zone 7-9, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10a, all year in hardiness zone 10b-11

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Better in the summer to prevent the plant bloom

How to prune:
Just for design and harvesting

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 and won’t bloom)

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, important a lot of light and it might affect the growth of the plant and surly it won’t bloom

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, in containers need to keep the plants small, start with pot that will be 50-90% more than the root ball, bigger the plant smaller the percentage, every time that the tree arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size, and when the plant big need to switch part of the soil and prune the roots and the leaves, better use this method because the soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient of care for the plant, drainage it’s important and need to make holes, possible to use potting mix or peat soil and maybe some lava grit, another option to use sandy soil or mix of sandy soil with something with more nutrient, better not to use bottom for the container and when water the plant let it fill the bottom better to put them away.

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

Scientific name:


How to grow Saltbush


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Winter flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible leaves
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Spreads & Sauces
Flower colors
  • Green flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Leaf color
  • Gray leaves
  • Purple leaf
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9

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