How to Grow Chinese Broccoli
Instructions for Growing Chinese Broccoli
in Your Vegetable Garden
This vegetable is also known as gai lun and the stem is used primarily in Asian cooking. Chinese Broccoli is a tall, stout, leafy plant.
Chinese broccoli contains: Vitamin K, C, A, E, B6, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Dietary Fiber, Calcium, Thiamin, Magnesium, Ribovlavin, Potassium and Manganese.
This vegetable can grow in nearly all climate zones. Once past the seedling phase, it can even survive a late frost.
Sunny, fertile, well-drained garden beds are best for growing chinese broccoli. It's not particularly strong, so it is advisable to provide support to protect it from windstorms.
For best growing conditions, prepare the garden soil ahead of time with organic material (compost and manure). If the soil is sandy, you will need to add a nitrogen fertilizer.
For plants in windy areas of your garden, firm soil around roots to help strengthen and protect them.
This plant matures quickly, in approximately 14 weeks. Additional shoots appear and provide later harvests, after the main shoot is cut.
When growing chinese broccoli,you can sow seed in your garden from late spring through autumn. Plantings in midsummer will most likely give you the best yields.
If you plan to harvest the chinese broccoli while it is young and very tender, plant by scattering the seed directly into the garden bed or a large container. It's a good gardening practice to thin to 6” apart after they sprout.
If you're planning to harvest after letting the plants reach maturity - thin the plants to 1 foot apart
Chinese Broccoli will grow quickly, and needs the garden soil to be kept moist. Water frequently.
This vegetable enjoys a garden bed prepared with poultry manure and complete fertilizers.
Throughout the season as you're growing chinese broccoli, you can apply weekly doses of liquid seaweed fertilizer.
Aphids, fruit flies, and cutworms. If you're in a hot, humid climate, powdery mildew may be a problem. Also, wilting (a soil-borne disease) may affect chinese broccoli.
Gardening Advice Tip - Practice good vegetable gardening by rotating your crops within your garden space with each new season. This will prevent many plant diseases.
Cut the shoots or stems when approximately 6” long and before the flowers open. Harvest often in hot weather to prevent the plant from going to seed, and to keep the shoots from getting tough.
You can harvest at any time throughout the growing season.