Jade Spring Choi Sum

Quick Facts:

    • Incredible sweet mild taste
    • Stems are 5mm to 1cm thick
    • A short season, fast growing variety
    • Hybrid seeds
    • Matures in 35-40 days

Jade Spring Choi Sum

Description:

Brassica rapa var. chinensis. Jade Spring choi sum seeds produce a short season, fast-growing hybrid variety of Yu Tsai Sum (or Choi Sum) that produces raw stems with the texture of lightly steamed asparagus, with a sweet, mild taste. Stems will be 5mm - 1cm thick if grown and watered well. Early spring plantings may bolt. The incredible flavour will have you eating it raw, straight out of the garden, before it can be cut for stir-fries, salads, or soups. The plants in our trials have been consistently uniform and show few signs of damage from pests or disease.

Matures in 35-45 days. (Hybrid seeds)

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
1g (approx. 500 seeds) MU537A $3.49 In stock $0.00
5g (approx. 2500 seeds) MU537B $6.99 Unavailable  
25g (approx. 12500 seeds) MU537C $13.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
125g (approx. 62500 seeds) MU537D $42.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
500g (approx. 250000 seeds) MU537E $134.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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Quick Facts:

    • Incredible sweet mild taste
    • Stems are 5mm to 1cm thick
    • A short season, fast growing variety
    • Hybrid seeds
    • Matures in 35-40 days

How To Grow

These cool-season vegetables are incredibly easy to grow and very tasty. The leaves can be used raw in salads, or the whole plant can be steamed or stir-fried. Both types require regular watering and a watchful grower – plant repeated short rows, and be sure to harvest them before they bolt. Continue reading below to learn how to grow pac choi and choi sum from seed.

Latin
Brassica rapa chinensis
Family: Brassicaceae

Difficulty
Easy

We Recommend: Mei Qing Choi (MU553). For growers particularly, this hybrid variety is surprisingly uniform in timing and growth. The plants are beautiful and upright with crisp stems and very good flavour. It works well in the home garden, but sow short rows repeatedly, or you’ll be overwhelmed by it all coming at once.
For Urban Gardeners: Toy Choi (MU522) works very well in containers and raised beds. It’s compact to the point of being cute, but tastes wonderful raw or cooked. Very nice, crunchy, succulent stems.

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing
All are cool season plants that grow quickly and then bolt. Direct sow with frost protection (a cloche or heavy row cover) as early as late winter, or without protection from four weeks before the last frost date to eight weeks after. Sowing short rows every 2-3 weeks allows for a fairly constant harvest time. Sow again in late summer, and provide frost protection as the first frost date approaches.

Starting
Sow 3-4 seeds 5mm-1cm (¼-½”) deep in each spot you want a plant to grow. Thin to the strongest plant at a spacing of 15-20cm (6-6″) between plants in rows 30-45cm (12-18″) apart.

Days to maturity: From direct sowing.

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. 1 cup of complete organic fertilizer will provide sufficient nutrition to 3m (10′) of row. Choi Sum is harvested just before it flowers, so keep a close watch on each row. Pac Choi can be harvested at any stage, but if you want full-sized plants, watch for signs of bolting. Flower buds will appear at the centre of each plant, and a stem will form quickly as the plant turns from urn-shaped into a tall cone. Harvest as quickly as possible once flower buds are visible. Keep plants well-watered throughout their growth.

Harvest
Use a sharp knife to cut the plants at ground level when they are ready to harvest. They will not grow back like some other crops, so plant several short rows every couple of weeks for a longer harvest.

Seed Info
In optimal conditions at least 70% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years. Per 100′ row: 260 seeds, per acre: 114M seeds.

Diseases & Pests
Slugs and woodlice (sow bugs) may nibble young seedlings. Keep the garden free from debris and excess water, where both of these pests like to go during the day. Protect plants from flea beetles and cabbage moths with lightweight row cover.