Chinese Cabbage

Brassica rapa var. pekinensis

Celery Cabbage, Pe Tsai

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Its name is quite misleading, Chinese cabbage is more closely related to turnips than any sort of cabbage and actually resemble stalks of celery, hence the plant's alternate name, "Celery cabbage". Until relatively recently the more popular, more coarse and stronger tasting, normal cabbage was grown in domestic gardens. Chinese cabbage, on the other hand has a more delicate flavour and texture and is an interesting alternative.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Cabbages can be harvested within three months of sowing.

Propagation

Seed

Do not sow too early in the summer as the plant will bolt. Sowing time should be late summer/autumn with a spacing of 30 cm. Sow between 10 - 15 mm deep.

Special features

Crop rotation

Heavy Feeder; alternate with legumes, light feeders or other heavy feeders.

Pot plant

Chinese cabbage can be grown in containers at least 20cm across.

Special features

Origin

China

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible

Mild flavor, taste similar to lettuce, and are usually grown to be eaten raw rather than cooked.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Brassicaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Cabbage aphids, cabbage root maggot, cabbageworms , flea Beetles and cutworms may affect cabbages. Control by keeping beds weed free and handpick worms. Avoid wetting foliage if possible to prevent Alternaria porri.

Related Problems

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