Chinese Kale (Kailaan)

This packet sows up to 40 feet.
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Chinese kale, also called Chinese broccoli or Gai Lan can be substituted for regular broccoli in many recipes—its unique, bolder flavor will win you over! Chinese kale is easy to grow and will tolerate heat better than many kale and broccoli varieties; expect lots of side shoots after the first harvest. High in calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. Very popular for stir-fry dishes; it can also be steamed or boiled. For a gourmet treat, lightly sauté the thinned seedlings!
$1.89 750 mg

Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra

Days to Maturity: 60–70 days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Probably East Asia

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual

Plant Dimensions: 8"–10" tall, 8" wide

Variety Information: Thick, wide, wrinkled blue-green leaves. Small white flowers open from blue-green buds; usually eaten before flowers open. Looks like regular broccoli that didn't make it to maturity. If allowed to flower completely, it is a very attractive plant.

Attributes: Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date. Also, in late summer or winter for cool-season harvest. Mild Climates: Sow in fall or winter for a cool-season harvest. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 60°–85°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; transplants tend to bolt (prematurely flower).

Days to Emerge: 10–20 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8"–10"

Row Spacing: 18"–24"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 8" – 10"

Harvesting: Harvest in early morning if possible. Pick the center bud stalks first; side branches will continue to produce smaller flower buds for secondary harvesting. Whole plants can be harvested just before flower buds open when plant is 8"–10" tall.

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