Oriental Greens, Zen Hybrid
Fast growing, mildly sweet green ready in just 30 days!
Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
Leaf Texture The typical height of this product at maturity.
Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.
Spread The width of the plant at maturity.
Height The typical height of this product at maturity.
Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
How to Sow
- For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather.
- Sow in rich soil early in spring when the ground can be worked.
- Sow in rows 6-8 inches apart. Seeds can be broadcast thinly along rows or wide bands. Sow ¼ inch deep. Firm lightly and keep soil evenly moist.
- Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
- For continuous crops, resow every other week until the weather gets too warm.
- In hot weather, provide shade to slow bolting.
- For a mature harvest, thin to stand to 6 inches apart when 1-2 inches high. If growing as a baby leaf, do not thin.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- Quick and easy to harvest.
- Most can be cut in 30-55 days. Radicchios take up to 90 days to harvest.
- Harvest baby leaves when 4-6 inches long.
- Fresh salad greens can be cut at your own leisure, shortly before preparing salads.
- Great for salads! Pick and choose leaves to combine colors, crispness and flavors from different varieties.
- Cut when leaves are crisp, in the cool morning. Avoid harvest during times of intense heat.
- Refrigerate the harvest to preserve until used.
Days To Maturity30 daysLeaf TextureSavoySunFull SunSpread18 inchesHeight12 inchesSow MethodDirect Sow/Indoor SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin18 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Oriental Greens, Zen Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 8.Rated 5 out of 5 by BobY from Fast growing, prolific The Zen Hybrid Oriental Greens are fast growing, incredibly prolific and grow through the winter in north Georgia. We have been using them in salads, soups and cooked like spinach. One interesting note: I do not use pesticides and bugs like the Zen greens so much, they almost completely ignored my beans during the summer. The Zen leaves were eaten to the ribs, but came back strong in the fall.Date published: 2015-12-29Rated 5 out of 5 by maxjohnson from A fast grower. I love the leaves of these plants, they resemble boychoy except lacking the thick white stalk, is very tender and similar tasting. It's a good alternative to spinach. The leaves can become almost as wide as a volley ball, but slightly oval. It is ideal for using as taco wrapper. I mainly grow these hydroponically and they outgrow the swiss chard and lettuce in the same solution. The soil needs to be warm for best germination.Date published: 2015-02-18Rated 5 out of 5 by junglegarden from Wonderful greens! I tried these greens twice this season-spring and fall. Since I just started a new garden,the spring crop was not as good as my fall crop, but I'm still getting large harvests of healthy, tall, delicious greens that taste between spinach and collards. I highly recommend this variety. I will grow again next spring and write an update. Try this,you won't be disappointed .Date published: 2014-11-07Rated 5 out of 5 by Alexa from Easy to grow, versatile greens These greens were so easy to grow from seed and quickly spouted up after a week of planting. My leaves never got as big as the advertised size (but then again, my vegetables never do!) but they were plentiful and delicious. One bag of seeds produced lots and lots of greens, over and over again. The leaves were very similar to baby spinach, varying in size from baby spinach to slightly larger leaves 5 or 6 inches long. They weren't tough, and could be eaten raw or cooked. It tasted delicious sautéed with green onions and cooked in an omelet. I will definitely reorder, and if you enjoy eating spinach I highly recommend this as an option.Date published: 2014-10-24Rated 5 out of 5 by Oceancoaster from Tasty Greens I love Zen Hybrid! It is easy to, fast to harvest & yummy.Date published: 2014-09-17Rated 5 out of 5 by dolly from A wonderful green! I garden in Houston and this plant does wonderfully all winter and early spring. It has a delicate flavor that's great in stir fries and Italian dishes. It produces a lot, is disease free, and productive. Highly recommended!Date published: 2008-10-24Rated 4 out of 5 by mastersquash from Good enough to get again Very tasty, but we had some trouble with germination. I think the conditions weren't quite right, but I'd be willing to modify my plans to try it again since it was so delicious.Date published: 2008-08-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Looking Forward For every gardner there is one special veggie that we always look forward to picking the first few delicious leaves . It seems that you can taste it by just looking at the pictures in the catalogue. This is one of those special favorites that I look forward to every year. I just can't wait for the first few young tender leaves. What is even more outstanding is that the green is great at any stage and it just goes on and on all season.. The Zen green is one of last outstanding gems even after the first frost and believe it or not it never loses it's flavor. So if you want a zesty green with great taste that lasts all season long, try Zen. One of my Burpee favorites.Date published: 2007-01-26