Oriental greens seeds can be identified as part of the mustard family (Cavens) of plants. These seeds are in the cress family, Brassicaceae, and share a common ancestor with cabbage, chard, turnips and lettuce. The plant was first identified as "green pea" in England in the 17th century, and this name was given due to the verdant purple color of the flowers. It was named after the region of China where it is cultivated most successfully, as well as being called the "grain of the Emperor."
It is one of the most popular vegetables in the world and is very useful as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, including depression, flatulence, indigestion, menstrual pains, colds, flu, coughing and colic. Oriental greens seeds are available for purchase from a number of sources, including health food stores, supermarkets and seed catalogues. They can also be sown at home, following instructions that are usually similar to those for planting other seeds, including preparation of the soil and creating a bed.
When it comes to growing this perennial vegetable, it is best to plant it between May and October. This is the best time to sprout new shoots, but you should not attempt to sprout the seeds in the late summer or the fall. If you have selected an Oriental greens variety that produces shiny green leaves, you will notice that these leaves develop in the fall. Therefore, if you want to enjoy the benefits of this nutritious food throughout the year, it is recommended that you sow them in the spring. If you find that the plants you are growing are not flourishing as much as you would like them to, it could be because they are exposed to too much cold or too much heat, such as during the winter. In order to avoid these problems, it is best to place baskets of the seeds in a covered container during cold weather.
Many gardeners wonder when they should start to sow Oriental greens seeds. Experts recommend that you sow them as soon as your seedlings appear. This is especially true if you want to preserve the plant for later harvest. Experts advise that seedlings be sown on a warm sunny day approximately three weeks before the last frost. If you have purchased a hybrid variety, you will find that the type that produces shiny leaves comes from a variety known as the mustard pungency. While cultivating this type of hybrid, it is best to follow guidelines posted by the retailer.
The best time to harvest your seedlings is either early morning or late evening. Do not try to pick the seedlings before dark as this will stunt their growth. It is also important to remember that different varieties of Oriental greens grow at different rates. Therefore, it is not necessary to use the average rate for all of your seedlings.
As with any other type of vegetation, you will find that Oriental greens do best if they are planted in a fairly deep soil, at least one foot deep. This depth will maximize the nutrition your plants receive. You may also choose to use an organic fertilizer to help fertilize your plants.
The best time to harvest your Oriental greens seeds is approximately two to three weeks after they were sown. If you plan to use hydroponic or drip irrigation systems, this will likely require you to water your plants only once a week during the growing season. However, you should water your plants thoroughly during the first month of production. If you follow these steps and properly care for your plants, you should be able to produce a crop of healthy flowers, leaves and fruit all year long.
Oriental greens can be cultivated by virtually any type of gardener. Although this plant is very forgiving, you should not cut corners when it comes to watering. Many growers mistakenly believe that if their watering isn't sufficient, then the plant will just stop growing. Do not make this mistake. Water your seedlings just enough to give them plenty of moisture, but never drown them.