If you want the East Asian and Chinese flavor in your cuisine–Growing Asian Greens is a wonderful idea. These rich-tasting leafy greens can be grown in pots as well.

Asian greens are leafy vegetables, popularly cooked or used in salads in Asian countries, e.g., China. They’re available in hundreds of varieties. From those, some are most common, and you can buy them from the market.

For the fresh, homegrown taste, growing Asian greens in your garden is a great idea. Even if you don’t have a regular garden, plant them in window boxes or other wide containers in your balcony, patio or rooftop. They’re super easy to grow.

It’ll have two benefits one is that you won’t have to worry about the quality of the vegetable and another is that you can harvest them fresh, anytime. Asian greens are rich in nutrients, and you can prepare them quickly or toss them in salads.

Here is the list of most popular Asian Greens that you can grow easily:

1. Napa Cabbage

Botanical Name: Brassica rapa Subsp. Pekinensis

It’s also known as Chinese cabbage. The foliage is pale green, wrinkled and contracted and also comprised of large white stalks. Napa cabbage has a mildly sweet taste. You can consume it in both raw and cooked form. This biennial vegetable grows quickly and gets ready for harvest in around 60-90 days.

Growing Tips

  • It requires around 5 hours full sunlight in a day for optimum growth. If you live a hot climate protect it from the afternoon sun.
  • Plant this cabbage in a soil which neither drains too fast too slow. Adding peat moss, manure, compost, or shredded bark to the soil will help.
  • Water the plant thoroughly and deeply. In pots, watering on alternate days is a great way to keep plants healthy and growing.

2. Pak Choi

Botanical Name: Brassica Rapa Subsp. chinensis

Bok choy, also commonly known as Pak Choi is mainly divided into two categories white stemmed bok choi and green stemmed bok choy. It is also a plant from the cabbage family and is also named Chinese white cabbage. One great thing about bok choy is that the whole plant is edible from foliage to the bulb. Baby bok choy is also very popular; it is an immature bok choy which is cultivated before its harvest time. Mature bok choy has dark green leaves and white stem as compared to light green leaves of baby bok choy.  It can also be eaten raw in salads or as an ingredient in stir-fries, braises, soups, and stews.

Growing Tips

  • This plant does well in partial shade to full shade, receiving only the morning sun. Although in cold climates it’s better to grow it in full sun to part sun.
  • It prefers moist soil.

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