Seeds - Peking Ta Ching Kao (Asian Greens) OG (F)
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Description: If you like broccoli raab and wish it were easier to grow, you’ll love these scrumptious leaves as well as tender, succulent stems! Perfect for spring, fall & winter sowing, you'll love Peking Ta Ching Kao as young 16 to 24″ tall greens and stems. As they grow larger, harvest full-size leaves to savour in all the many ways you can enjoy kale, collards, and chard. Preferring cooler temperatures, Peking Ta Ching Kao is a fabulous spring and fall crop; cover them with hoops and floating row cover to minimize flea beetle munchings.
Pack Size: 0.89 g (1/32 oz)
Latin Name: Brassica rapa
Main Uses: Loose-leaf baby green or salad ingredient
Days to Maturity: 21 days to baby size/ 42 days to full size
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 20 - 30 cm (8 - 12 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 7 - 10 days at 15 - 20°C.
Sowing: Indoors 4 - 6 weeks before the last frost. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from the first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Depth: 1/4".
Planting Out: Once all chance of frost has passed. Plant 6 - 10” apart in rows 18” - 30” apart.
Outdoors: Direct seed once the risk of frost has passed. Exposure to frost may cause young plants to bolt prematurely.
Seed Spacing: 4". Thin to 6” - 10”. For baby Pac Choy, Space seeds 2" apart and thin to 4" - 5".
Row Spacing: 18” - 30”.
Harvesting: For baby greens, harvest early (20 days). For mature heads, harvest at 45 days.
Growing in Containers: Grows very well in larger containers and raised beds.
Fertilizing (Containers): Add up to 25% quality compost to your potting mix. This plant loves a higher-nitrogen fertilizer - diluted fish fertilizer is an excellent organic choice, applied weekly.
Watering (Containers): Water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Check every day or two during very hot weather.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Well-suited for larger mixed planters. Think square-foot gardening!
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden bed recently amended with quality compost. Feed weekly with a higher nitrogen organic fertilizer.
Watering (Garden): Water young plants regularly to establish, the water deeply as conditions require.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.