How to Grow Chinese Kale

by admin on October 13, 2012

Chinese kale is recognized as an interesting and a delicious vegetable in China. This vegetable is similar to western broccoli in appearance, so it is also known as Chinese broccoli. Two varieties of Chinese kale can be found in the present world. However, both these varieties are heat resistant and they will grow through winter in most areas. Therefore people can grow them with less hassle at any part of the world.

In order to plant Chinese kale, you need to select a planting site which has well-drained soil. The pH value of the soil should be slightly acidic to neutral. From the researches, it has been identified that Chinese kale grows better in full sun under cool climates. Therefore it may benefit from afternoon shade in warmer climates. You need to pay extra attention to these conditions when preparing the bed in order to grow them in an effective way. When you prepare the soil, you can go the next level of planning Chinese kale.

You can purchase Chinese kale seeds from your local store with less hassle. Plant Chinese kale seeds whenever you anticipate two months of cool weather, with daytime temperatures between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore it is better to plant them during spring for cool climates and fall for warm climates. The Chinese kale seeds should be placed 1 inch deep in the soil. You need to keep a distance of 1 inch between the seeds. If you are planting them on rows, you need to keep a distance of 1 foot between the rows. It is a must to water the seeds as soon as you plant them.

You need to water the seedbed on a regular basis in order to keep the soil moist because Chinese kale prefers to grow in a damp environment. The seeds should spout in about two weeks’ time. When they spout, you can remove the smaller seedlings as they grow to maintain a spacing of about 6 inches. Then you need to place aged compost around the Chinese kale plants once they reach a height of 6 inches. This will assist you to eliminate all the dirt from the plant leaves.

You will get the opportunity to harvest Chinese kale within two months after planting. You can harvest the stalks on the plants just before the flowers open. Chinese kale can continue to produce additional stalks as long as the weather remains below 80 degrees Fahrenheit but above freezing. To encourage a continuous supply of leaves, pick or cut the stalks using a clean sharp knife, about 8 inches from the top of the plants.After harvesting Chinese broccoli, you can use it in stir-fry or lightly steam as you would kale.


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