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How to Grow Chinese Cabbage

Index

  • Sowing Instructions
  • How to Transplant
  • Crop Maintenance
  • How to Harvest
  • Storage
  • Pests & Diseases

Sowing Time

  • Avoid sowing early
  • Sow from mid May until June
  • Grows well with lots of exposure to the sun

Soil Preparation

  • Prefers fertile, deep, well drained soil
  • Prepare soil the previous spring, dig to a depth of 30cm, removing at stones and weed roots
  • Mix with well rotted compost or manure
  • Try to avoid light or heavy soils
  • Chinese vegetables prefer soils with a ph range of 6.5 to 7

Sowing Instructions

  • Plan the growth cycle so that your plant is ready before the last frost
  • Chinese cabbage doesn’t transplant well so plant directly into the garden
  • Early crops can be protected by mini garden cloche
  • Sow seeds 1cm inch deep, in rows 30cm apart
  • Sow thinly and later thin seedlings to 20cm apart
  • Don’t forget to water frequently, keeping moist at all times (to prevent bolting)
  • Apply a light dressing of growmore when heads begin to appear

Harvesting

  • Will grow to maturity in roughly 4 months
  • Water well the week before harvest
  • Harvest in dry weather, before the seed stalks appear
  • Cut the heads just above the soil, when the heads feel solid
  • Can harvest when young as salad greens

Storage

  • Only freeze crisp and young cabbage
  • Blanch for 90 seconds, and chill in iced water for 2 minutes
  • Keep in freezer bags stored in the freezer

Pests and Diseases

  • Problems: Club root and soft rot
  • Protection: Lime the soil in the off season and rotate crops with unrelated crops
  • Slugs are a major problem - barriers such as eggshells, coarse sand, ash, copper can control problem
  • Caterpillars also a problem, set up netting early to keep butterflies off your crops

 

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