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.
Cabbages can be harvested within three months of sowing.
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.
Heavy Feeder; alternate with legumes, light feeders or other heavy feeders.
Chinese cabbage can be grown in containers at least 20cm across.
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Mild flavor, taste similar to lettuce, and are usually grown to be eaten raw rather than cooked.
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.