Shungiku is also known as "garland chrysanthemum" and "chop suey greens" in English. It is used as a leafy herb in Cantonese cuisine to enhance flavouring and aroma to soups, stir fries or salads. Shungiku foliage consists of thin leaves that are finely serrated and they grow from the stalks cascading down like a palm tree. Young foliage and flower petals are picked as required and added to salads or other dishes.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    It is best to grow the plant in part shade during the hotter months.

    This vegetable prefers the slightly colder climates.

    Seed is usually sown in late summer for autumn and winter harvest. Plants may even self seed in favourable conditions.

    Shungiku should be pruned regularly to encourage new tender foliage.

    Mulch and water moderately.

    The bed should be weeded regularly.

    Shade cloth or lath panels should be made available to block harsh sun should temperatures suddenly rise.

    The Shungiku is an easy plant to grow but tastes bitter when the plant bolts to seed.

    Seeds should be sown thinly in rows or blocks at a depth of 1 – 2cm and 5cm apart.

    Like lettuce, Shungiku is best if small amounts of seed are sown every few weeks instead of all at once.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½ cup (100g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 0.8-1.2kg/10m row

    Comments: Incorporate Dinofert Standard Pellets, Dinofert Organic or Premium Organic Pellets several weeks beforehand into the top 15 – 20cm of soil along with compost and dig in thoroughly.


    Stage: Side Dress  

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¼ cup (50g)/m²

    Commercial Use: Up to 800g/10m row

    Comments: Fertilise on a weekly to fortnightly basis until flower buds develop.


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.