Brassica oleracea

Choux    Cabbage   Repollo   Kohl

Crop Rotation Group :Brassicas (Cabbage family)cabbage

Soil :Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in prior to planting.

Position : Full sun.

Frost tolerant : Yes. Tolerates moderate frost, but damaged by hard freezes.


Helps: Beans, celery
Helped by:
Beans, clover, calendula/pot marigold, chamomile, larkspur, nasturtiums, dill, coriander, hyssop, onions, beets, marigolds, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme, tomatoes, lacy phacelia, lettuce or garlic with Chinese cabbage. Green onions with Chinese cabbage
Snails and slugs


Sow and Plant :Sow indoors in early spring, or set out purchased seedlings.

Germination: 4-10 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 1′ 7″ (50cm) each way; Rows: 1′ 5″ (45cm) with 1′ 9″ (55cm) row gap

Feeding : Drench every two weeks with an organic liquid fertilizer.

Harvesting :Cut heads when they reach the size you prefer.

Yield per 10ft (3m) rows: 10 heads

Time to harvest: 60-100 days

Troubleshooting :Lettuce or garlic increased mortality of the diamondback moth on Chinese cabbage. Nasturtiums repel cabbage moths.

Notes :If using clover as an intercrop it should be sown after cabbage transplant so as not to affect crop yield.
Try growing different varieties from seed to explore differences in leaf color (such as red cabbage) and type (smooth-leaf or savoy).