How to Grow Asian Greens Seeds

Grow your favorite Asian greens right in your home garden with this step-by-step guide.
Asian Greens Planted in Boxes

Asian Greens Planted in Boxes

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Ready Set Grow

Grow Asian greens in full sun or part shade with an even amount of light. Use rich compost and keep the soil moist. Spring is the best time to grow these plants before the weather gets hot. The seeds germinate in 1-2 weeks and the leaves are ready to pick within 30 days. This project takes four weeks to complete.

Materials Needed:

  • couple of boxes
  • garbage bags
  • gravel
  • potting soil
  • Asian greens seeds of choice
  • watering can
  • clear polyethylene bag

1. Prepare boxes for planting.

Ask an adult to prepare a couple of boxes by putting in a garbage bag and punching holes through the bag and the base. Fill the boxes with a little gravel for drainage and then potting soil, leaving a space at the top. Moisten the soil.

Container Gardening With Trash Bags

Container Gardening With Trash Bags

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Make room for seeds.

Use a finger to make a 1/2-inch-deep trench across the box. This could be in a looped shape or in straight lines.

Make Trenches in Soil for Planting Seeds

Make Trenches in Soil for Planting Seeds

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Sow the seeds thinly into the trench.

Use a sprinkler watering can to water without disturbing the seeds. Cover the box with a clear polyethylene bag during germination.

Uniform Seeds

Uniform Seeds

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

4. Watch for dry weather.

These plants need to be kept well watered. Otherwise, they will stop producing delicious leaves and put all their energy into bolting — flowering and producing seeds — to complete their life cycle before they die.

5. Maintain seedlings.

Once they appear, remove the cover and thin out so there’s about a 2 in (5 cm) gap between each plant. The thinnings can be eaten.

Thinning Seedlings Encourages Growth of Plants

Thinning Seedlings Encourages Growth of Plants

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

6. Water plants well.

After 30 days, pick a few young leaves from each plant to encourage new growth.

Encouraging Plant Growth

Encouraging Plant Growth

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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