Chinese cabbage

Brassica rapa

Choux chinois    Chinese cabbage   Col china   Chinakohl

Crop Rotation Group :Brassicas (Cabbage family)chinesecabbage

Soil :Rich, moist soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in.

Position : Full sun.

Frost tolerant : Tolerates light frost.


Helps: Beets, onions, potatoes, cereals (e.g. corn, wheat)
Helped by:
Beets, spinach, chard, Aromatic plants or plants with many blossoms, such as celery, chamomile, and marigolds. Dill, sage, peas, peppermint, spearmint, spurrey, rosemary, rye-grass, garlic, onions and potatoes. geraniums, alliums, nasturtium, borage, hyssop, tansy, tomatoes, thyme, wormwood, southernwood, beans, clover
Mustards, nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, etc.), pole beans, strawberries


Sow and Plant :Sow in spring while the soil is still cool. Plant again in late summer for harvesting in the fall.

Germination: 5-10 days

Spacing : Single Plants: 1′ 3″ (40cm) each way; Rows: 11″ (30cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap

Feeding : Feed plants with a liquid plant food when they begin to form heads.

Harvesting :Harvest when the heads reach the size you want. In fall, cut heads high, leaving the base of the plant intact. Small heads will often regrow from the stub.

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

Time to harvest: 80-100 days

Troubleshooting :Thyme, nasturtiums, and onion showed good resistance to cabbage worm, weevil and cabbage looper.

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