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Other names: Kai-lan, Gai-lan
Characteristics: Annual leaf vegetable
Seed per packet: 30
Leaf vegetable with thick flat glossy blue-green leaves; thick stems and a small number of tiny, almost vestigial flower heads similar to those of broccoli. Its flavour is very similar to that of broccoli but a bit more bitter and a bit sweeter. Eaten widely in Chinese cuisine.
Adaptable to most garden soils that is composted and well-drained in a sunny position.
Tropical: Autumn to Early Winter
Temperate: Late Summer to Early Autumn.
Cold: Summer to Early Autumn.
Sow: 5mm deep.
Grow in trays of a good seed raising mix or sow direct where they are to grow
Germination: 8-10 days.
Plant space: 30cm
Row space: 30cm
Maturity: 7 weeks
Feed with a soluble fertiliser every two weeks for stronger plants.