Chinese cabbage: It's delicious and nutritious, and it can be grown in two to three months.
With a little cold weather, you can grow a Chinese cabbage crop fairly simply. The following are tips for growing and harvesting Chinese cabbage.
Growing Chinese Cabbage
Chinese cabbage can be grown in cool weather only because it bolts (goes to seed) quickly in hot weather and long days. It's usually grown as a fall crop in the North and as a winter crop in the South.
It can be started inside and transplanted outside in the spring. However, Chinese cabbage shocks easily, and transplanting sometimes shocks it into going to seed. Therefore, it's best to sow the seed directly in the garden and thin them to stand 8 to 12 inches apart.
Water them frequently to help the young plants grow fast and become tender. They'll probably go to seed if growth slows down.
Harvesting Chinese Cabbage
With Chinese cabbage, the time from planting to harvest is 50 to 80 days, depending on the variety. You should harvest when the cabbage heads are compact and firm and before seed stalks form.
With a fall crop, harvest Chinese cabbage before hard-freezing weather. Cut off the whole plant at ground level.
- Pak Choi, harvest in 47 days; produces non-heading, white, celery-like stalks with green leaves.
- Wong Bok, harvest in 85 days, is the standard head-type Chinese cabbage.
- Michihli, harvest in 75 days; has large heads with blanched inside leaves.