Hon Tsai Tai, Greens

Hon Tsai Tai, Greens

The Hon Tsai Tai has deep purple tender stalks with a slight mustard flavor that is great in different salads or cooked into stir fries! Its green leaves have petite florets that are best harvested right before the bright yellow blossoms open. Hon Tsa Tai is best grown in mid to late summer.
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Key Attributes

Sun
Sun: Partial Shade
Packet
Packet: 50 Seeds
Days To Maturity (# Days)
Days To Maturity (# Days): 37
Botanical Name
Botanical Name: Purple choy sum

Product Details

Weight

0.007

Depth

0.1

Height

4.5

Width

3.25

Plant Height

12-24"

Botanical Name

Purple choy sum

Seed Type

Seed

Seeds Per Gram

413

Seeds Per Pound

187,200

Packet

50 Seeds

Sow Depth

1/8"

Seeds Per Ounce

11,700

Breed

Open-pollinated

Sun

Partial Shade

Life Cycle

Annual

Categories

Greens

Germination

3,4,5,6,7

Days To Maturity (# Days)

37

Seeds Per Acre

1.5 lbs

Components

Growing Instructions

Learning Download: How to Grow Greens

Greens offer many micronutrients and taste profiles, with tastes ranging from the spicy bite of mustard greens and arugula to the sweet, delicate leaves of a spring mix.

Before Planting: Greens are a cool-weather crop, and are oftentimes easy to start from seed. Plant them outside three weeks before the last frost date. For a fall harvest, begin planting greens seeds mid-summer.

Planting: Plant each seed just under the soil, about ó inch apart. Once seedlings show, thin them to 3 inches apart. Plant new seeds every three weeks for a continuous harvest.

Watering: Greens require 2 inches of water per week.

Fertilizer: Leafy greens need nutrients available in 5-10-10 and 10-10-10 fertilizers, as well as organic options like bone meal, blood meal and dehydrated manure. Following the instructions on the container, spread the fertilizer evenly across the greens. Mix the fertilizer into the top 2 inches of soil prior to planting. Seeds are sensitive to fertilizer, so mixing it with the soil before planting will help prevent any problems.

Days to Maturity: Green are ready to harvest once their leaves reach full size. (See each variety for days to maturity)

Harvesting: Greens can be harvested by cutting down the entire plant or picking each leaf individually as they grow. Discard any yellow leaves, and pick the leaves when they are young and tender, as older and larger leaves taste more bitter.

Tips: Keep the area weed free, especially when the greens are young. Use row covers to keep pests away and to grow pristine leaves. Greens can be grown in a container or a pallet garden if a gardener is lacking space.

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