Chinese broccoli, also known as Chinese kale vegetable, is a delicious and extremely nutritious vegetable that originated in China. It's called Chinese broccoli because it's remarkably similar to western broccoli. Although fairly similar and looks and taste, Chinese broccoli is sweeter and also packs more vitamin A, C, and is rich in calcium. Today we'll show you how to grow Chinese broccoli in your garden or in pots.
How to Grow Chinese Broccoli AKA Chinese Kale Vegetable
Planting Chinese Broccoli:
- Chinese broccoli is extremely easy to grow as it does not require care, and prefers cooler climates.
- If you live in a warm climate, go with the slow-bolting varieties.
- Plant the seeds either directly in the soil or in a pot as soon as the ground is workable in early spring.
- Use well drained soil mixed in with organic matter.
- Sow seeds 1/2 inch apart and space them in rows 18 inches apart.
- Choose a spot with partial to full sun.
- Seeds will germinate within 10-15 days.
- Once the seedlings reach about 3 inches, thin them to one plant every 8 inches.
- Give plenty of water, especially in warm climates.
- Add mulch around your plants to retain moisture.
Harvesting Chinese Broccoli:
- Chinese broccoli is ready to harvest after 60-70 days.
- Harvest the young stems and leaves when the first flowers appear.
- To encourage faster growth, cut the stalks with a knife, about 8 inches from the top of the plant.