KANG KONG (~60 days)
Relatively easy to grow and harvest, they can grow from seeds or from cuttings! They require a lot of water so always check to make sure the soil is moist.
Seeds: Bury the seeds about 1cm deep into a pot and ensure it has sufficient water (TIP: you could soak the seeds in water for about 8 hours to help the seed germinate!). Be careful to plant the seeds about 2 cm apart so they have space to grow!
Cuttings: Growing Kang Kong from cuttings would have much faster growth. Get Kang Kong from the supermarket and cut the leaves to leave the top 15cm of stem and soak the lower end in water until roots appear. When they do, you can gently transfer them into a pot and allow for it to grow.
You can also grow Kang Kong with a hydroponic method. Place the seeds of the Kang Kong in a basket and place it in a bucket so the bottom of the basket is submerged. You could continue to provide nutrition to the growing Kang Kong by adding some liquid fertilizers such as Hydroponics Plus+ (organic fertilizer).
This fertilizer would help to grow faster and increase their nutrient uptake. Simply use a pressurized sprayer to spray on the leaves once a week in the early morning or early evening. This allows the leaf stomata to take up the nutrients from the fertilizer. Since the fertilizer is organic, there is no need to worry about chemicals in your veggies!
Cherry tomatoes (70 ~ 100 days)
They don’t require much space, just a pot, some sunlight and water!
Start by planting the seeds in a small pot to allow the shoots to grow before transferring them into a larger pot. (TIP: As the plants grow taller, you may want to support the plant with a wooden stick to prevent them from collapsing).
Cherry tomato plants enjoy sunlight, so don’t be afraid to leave it in direct sunlight. However, it also needs a lot of water for all that sun its getting, so check on the soil twice a day to make sure the plant has been getting enough water!
When the flowers start to bloom, gently tap the stem to help pollinate the flowers. A pollinated flower should start to bear fruits.
Regularly check the leaves for signs of diseases and pests and use organic pesticides such as Neem Oil to prevent disease or pest outbreaks!
Neem Oil is an organic pesticide that is effective to keep fungi and pests away from your plant. It should be used every 2 to 3 weeks. To avoid leaf burn, be sure to apply it in the early mornings or late evenings. It is good for both indoor and outdoor plants and should be applied when the conditions risk the development of diseases.
Chye Sim (30 ~ 40 days)
Similar to tomatoes, you should start planting the seeds in a small container or an egg tray to allow the seeds to germinate (remember to make small holes for excess water to drain!). After the seedling has grown about 3 leaves, you can start to transfer them into pots with fertilized soil.
Chye Sim thrives in moist environments, so be sure to check on the soil regularly to prevent it from drying out! Ensure the Chye Sim receives sufficient nutrition by providing NPK fertilizers such as Bio-Plus (Organic Fertilizer).
Bio-Plus is an organic fertilizer that helps balance pH levels and condition soil to stimulate growth. It is very effective to help with germination as it is able to nutrients locked in the soil and promote biological activity in the soil. It should be applied once every 2 to 3 weeks with the quantity being proportional to the size of pot used (small pots only require 1 teaspoon of fertilizer; while larger pots may need 2 to 4 tablespoons). You should water the plants right after using Bio-Plus so the plants can start absorbing the nutrients.