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Chinese Broccoli

Brassica oleracea (Alboglabra Group) 'Chinese Kales'

Also known as

Mustard Oil Plant, Gai Laan, Kai Lan

Photo by Jon Sullivan (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

30cm

30cm

Min

15cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A hand holding some white Brassica oleracea var. alboglabra flowers
A photo of Chinese Broccoli
A photo of Chinese Broccoli

Chinese Broccoli Overview

Brassica oleracea (Alboglabra group) is also known as Chinese kale and Chinese broccoli. Is an annual herb, with egg-shaped leaves. It grows flower clusters that initially resemble small heads of broccoli but then develop into very long, sparse clusters of white flowers and egg-shaped, hairless fruit capsules. The stems, flower buds, and young leaves are generally used as a cooked vegetable and are typical in Asian stir-fries, soups, and noodle dishes.

Common problems with Chinese Broccoli

Pests include pieris, prodenia, slugs and aphids.

How to harvest Chinese Broccoli

Leaves are ready to harvest in about 60-70 days. Harvest young stems and leaves when the first flowers appear.

How to propagate Chinese Broccoli

Seed

The best time to sow is in the autumn months. Space the seeds roughly 15 cm from one another and at a depth of 2.5 cm. The germination time is between 10 and 15 days.

Other uses of Chinese Broccoli

Culinary

Edible

Roots, Stems and Leaves