Chinese broccoli has a stronger flavour and is somehow more broccoli-esque than regular broccoli, try it yourself by learning how to grow it!
Chinese Broccoli is an interesting and delicious vegetable from the origins of China. This oriental vegetable has edible leaves, stems, buds, and flowers.
Chinese Broccoli, also known as Chinese kale vegetables is a fast-growing crop and a great source of antioxidants, and vitamin C. Growing Chinese Broccoli is possible in almost all climate zones. Although planting in mid-summer will give you the best yields.
How To Plant Chinese Broccoli
Growing Chinese Broccoli requires minimal care and is extremely easy. The best time to sow seeds outdoors is between April and September.
If you are growing Chinese Broccoli in pots, it will be quite a fast process. Sow seeds in ½ inch in a deep trench, space them in rows with 18 inches apart. Meanwhile, scatter these seeds over the surface of pots filled with compost. Chinese Broccoli requires well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter. Make sure you keep the soil free from weeds to prevent competition.
Keep watering the plant regularly, especially during hot, dry periods in summers. Seeds will usually take 10-15 days for germination. Most importantly, take care of all the desired conditions for growing Chinese Broccoli.
How To Care For Chinese Broccoli
Chinese Broccoli plants need very little attention, but still, there are few things you should keep in mind. Once the seedlings grow about 3 inches tall, make sure you thin them to one plant every 8 inches. Besides, water the plant regularly, especially during dry spells. Make sure you add plenty of mulch around your plants to help retain moisture. Also, keep your plants cool and fresh.
Besides, you need to make sure your garden is free from weeds to promote healthy planting of Chinese Broccoli. Taking regular care of plants requires control over pests and other problems. It becomes essential while growing Chinese Broccoli, so learn about pest attacks and their remedies.
How To Harvest Chinese Broccoli
After learning about growing Chinese Broccoli indoors, here is what you need to do for harvesting. These plants grow quickly, and harvesting of leaves can be done in 60-70 days after sowing. When you see the first flower, harvest young stems with a knife. Make sure you cut the stalks from about 8 inches from the top of the plants. This will encourage the continuous supply of leaves.
After harvesting Chinese Broccoli, blanch in boiling water and then use it in a stir fry. So, now is the time to enjoy your own harvested Chinese Broccoli in your new recipe.
Tips & Common Problems
You need to be highly careful about these plants for insect damage. Caterpillars can make the holes in the leaves and also bore into the heart of cabbages. You can use insect-proof mesh or fine netting of 5-7 mm to prevent egg-laying.
Plants can die with the problem of clubroot. Roots become swollen and distorted. You can easily avoid this by improving draining and adding lime to make the soil more alkaline.
The next common problem is bottling, where plants flower and set seeds prematurely. The remedy for this is to plant at the correct time and keep the soil moist.