Sunday, May 22, 2011

Vegetables love sunlight

Many people who have never grown tropical vegetables have asked me about the amount of direct sunlight needed. Well, at least 6 hours a day. In fact, the more the merrier.

If you're thinking of growing chye sim or bai cai indoors, you can forget about harvesting them. The seeds will germinate but without enough sunlight, the seedlings will grow up weak and spindly.

In my patio garden which is bright and warm but seriously lacking in direct sunlight, I have difficulty growing tropical vegetables. Only the rocket (which is not a tropical plant) is doing well.

On the other hand, at our office balcony where the sun is so harsh that our lantanas were quickly fried and killed in the heat, the vegetable seedlings are thriving.

Both pots of chye sim and bai cai seedlings, sowed in early May, are exposed to full sun all day.
They seem to enjoy the heat as they're growing up rapidly. They look so lush and healthy too.


  1. Oh wow. The veggies look really good!


  2. Wow! That's a lot of green vegetables! Enough for weekend cooking !

  3. Hi blur ting,

    we have an unidentified plant which my fiancé adopted, do you think you can help identify it? it has finally bloomed!

  4. Hi Serene, I already left a comment in your blog. It's a carnation.

  5. Dear Ting, I didn't realize that the chai sim will enjoy intense heat. My frontyard garden gets intense afternoon sun as it faces west. I wonder if chai sim can grow well. Probably should try it out. Looking at your chai sim, they are growing very healthily there! Soon you will get to enjoy the harvest!

  6. J.C - You should try. They're really easy to grow.

  7. do you thin out those vege seedlings to give them space to grow bigger?