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Chinese broccoli

Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra

Mustard oil plant, Chinese kale(Eng.)

Chinese kale, also known as Chinese broccoli, is an annual herb, with egg-shaped leaves. It grows flower clusters that initially resemble small heads of broccoli but then develop into very long, sparse clusters of white flowers and egg-shaped, hairless fruit capsules. The stems, flower buds, and young leaves are generally used as a cooked vegetable and are typical in Asian stir-fries, soups, and noodle dishes.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Leaves are ready to harvest in about 60-70 days. Harvest young stems and leaves when the first flowers appear.

Propagation

Seed
The best time to sow is in the autumn months. Space the seeds roughly 15 cm from one another and at a depth of 2.5 cm. The germination time is between 10 and 15 days.

Geography

Origin
Europe, Mediterranean
Natural climate
Humid continental, Humid Sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Roots, Stems and Leaves
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Brassicaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Pests include pieris, prodenia, slugs and aphids.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

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