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How to sow and grow Asian salad mix

This is a tasty mix of fast-growing oriental greens. Asian salad mix grows just like loose-leaf lettuce and you harvest the leaves when they're still small.
Aziatische pluksla Makkelijke Moestuin
Asian salad mix

What is Asian salad mix?

Our Asian salad mix includes bok choi, turnip greens, arugola, yellow loose-leaf lettuce, red and green mustard greens, mizuna, and cilantro. Almost all of these varieties - except for cilantro and lettuce - belong to the cabbage family and are cruciferous.

Harvest them young by cutting off the plants just above the soil mix. They'll continue growing so you can get several harvests in.

Great for salads with an extra kick. If you let the plants grow, older leaves are tasty in a stir fry.

Super healthy leafy greens

All leafy cruciferous plants are packed with vitamins and minerals. For example, 100g of leafy cabbage provides more than 100% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A. It also contains a lot of vitamin C and the minerals calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.

Cruciferous plants help prevent inflammation and heart problems. And on top of that, they contain hardly any calories.
Kleine plantjes van de pluksla Azië
Greens in the Asian salad mix are incredibly healthy

More about our Asian salad mix seeds

Asian salad mix is a fast-growing blend of oriental leafy greens with a tangy flavor.

You pick the leaves when they’re still young, and leave the center of the plants so they produce more. You can keep harvesting into the fall.
  • Species name: Salad Mix Exotic
  • Family: cruciferous
  • Plants per square patch: 9
  • Height: 15 - 25 cm
  • Sowing time: April - August
  • Sowing depth: 0.5 to 1 cm
  • Germination: 10 - 20°C in 6 - 10 days
  • Time to harvest: after 3 - 6 weeks
  • Sunlight: can grow in sun or shade
Want to buy Asian salad mix seeds? We sell seed bags separately, or, you can get them as part of a seed pack:

What do you need to grow Asian salad mix yourself?

This is it:
  • a 30x30 cm patch with airy, nutrient-rich soil mix
  • Asian salad mix seeds
  • a place with 4 - 6 hours of sunlight a day
In other words, an MM-Mini, or a square patch in one of our garden boxes, filled with MM-Mix.

Growing your own Asian salad mix in this perfect soil mix is super easy. If you use poor-quality (potting) soil, it's much harder and the results will be disappointing. So just go for the best.
Aziatische pluksla zaaien op Makkelijke Moestuinmix
Sowing Asian salad mix seeds

How to sow and grow Asian salad mix?

This salad mix is included in the free Planty Gardening app. Use it, and you'll get step-by-step guidance from seed to harvest.

Each vegetable goes through a number of stages - we call them levels. The app tells you exactly what to do at each level and checks in when your plants are ready for the next one.

So you don't need to know how to grow Asian salad mix before you start: the app takes you through every step.

But if you'd like to read more about those steps, here's what the process looks like:

Level 1: Sowing Asian salad mix

Choose a square patch in the first or second row of your garden box. Loosen up the MM-Mix and sow like this:
  • poke 9 holes in the patch (no deeper than 1 cm)
  • put 2 to 3 seeds in each hole
  • carefully cover up the holes with soil mix
After about 6 - 10 days, you'll see something come up. It depends a bit on the weather.
Van pluksla Azie zaai je 9 plantjes in een Makkelijke Moestuin vak

Level 2 and 3: Asian salad mix seedlings

As soon as you see the first seedlings, you know things are going well. They probably won't all come up at once, but after about 5 days you should see more.

You don't need to thin out the plants in our Asian salad mix. You harvest the leaves when they're still small, so a lot of them can grow close together.
Zaailingen van Aziatische pluksla hoef je niet uit te dunnen
No need to thin out these seedlings

Level 4: Caring for your Asian salad mix plants

This level is super easy. After a week or 2 your seedlings will look like real plants. You hardly need to do anything: give them some water and remove the odd dead or yellow leaf. Nice and relaxed 🙂
Kleine plantjes van de pluksla Azie in de Makkelijke Moestuin
Taking care of the small plants is easy

Level 5: Harvesting

This level starts 4 weeks after sowing: the plants are ready for the first harvest.

Cut or pick the individual leaves from the base of the plant. Leave the center of the plants so they can continue growing. They'll produce new leaves that you can harvest for the coming weeks.

If you see any flowering shoots, cut them off. Your plant can then focus on growing new leaves, and they won't get as bitter too quickly.
Aziatische pluksla Makkelijke Moestuin: klaar om te oogsten
Asian salad mix ready to harvest

What do you use Asian salad mix for?

Asian salad mix makes for a delicious, tangy salad.

The older the leaves, the sharper the taste. Cooking evens that out, and the extra kick is great in mashed potatoes or a stir-fry.

The last levels

For the last level, continue to harvest the Asian salad mix as long as it tastes good to you. It goes from delicious to nice, to okay, and then to not really edible. It's up to you how long you want to harvest.

A few varieties in this salad mix are resistant to cold - like red mustard. If you leave those plants in the winter, they will grow into huge plants. Nice for stir frying.

At the last level, empty the Asian salad mix from your patch and get ready for the next round of sowing.
Rode bladmosterd uit de Aziatische pluksla Makkelijke Moestuin
Overgrown mustard greens

So: how about sowing and growing Asian salad mix yourself?

It's tasty and easy to grow. You get a lot of delicious salads from a super small area.

Plus: our materials and app make it practically impossible to fail 🙂

You can order Asian salad mix seed bags or get started with a complete starter kit:

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