Just an update I have just pulled up a bed from my last lot of Vivid choi selected for bulbing. I am happy with the larger percentage of plants showing the bulbing trait and that I will be able to keep all the petiole colours too. I have chosen the 14 plants with the best bulbs to grow on over winter to flower in spring. I think the bulbs are slightly bigger than the plants they come from but it will be a couple more years till they are, in my opinion, useful.
Post by 12540dumont on Jun 20, 2016 18:51:19 GMT -5
Rowan, these are mild in my garden during winter and spring. But once we hit March, they get strong! (Yeah, I know for the rest of you March is barely Spring). It's only June and it's 97 here. So, this year I had exactly one picking of peas. I got to taste 8 purple peas, before they up and gave up the ghost.
I had noticed that about 25% of my crop bulbed up. For those of you who think they are strong, try picking them when they are only 6 inches tall.
Just an update on my Vivid Choi root project. This is the fourth generation and the roots are getting more even, both in colour (unfortunately) and shape. I was expecting to be getting round roots but they are all becoming more carrot shaped. The flavour is still much milder than the leaves which is my aim but I am still working on growing them larger.
I have just pulled up a small bed and replanted the ones with the best roots today.
The extra crown sprouting was caused by rabbits eating the tops off when they were smaller. I have had a sever rabbit problem over the last few months eating everything. Luckily the leaves seemed to get a bit strong in flavour for them as they matured.
Re: philagardener; I agree; the locals around the farm all bletch at the plentiful rabbits/hares on the ground that they all "have warbles in their backs"; now, I get the ickiness of an intramuscular parasite in one's food, but are those suckers in the legs? I'd be happy enough eating only bunny drumsticks and tossing the rest out for the coyotes, who would also be happy, I'm sure. I must do some research, as the idea of eating the plentiful rabbits/hares on the farm attracts me, but experiences in Latin America do tend to bias me away from internal parasites.