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50 Days to maturity. Brassica rapa var pekinensis 'Chirimen Hakusai'. Chirimen Hakusai Chinese Cabbage Seeds. Annual. Chirimen Hakusai is a favored loose-leaf cultivar of Chinese Cabbage. Because its leaves are lettuce-like it is often used in fresh salads or stir-fries however it can be used for any dish calling for Chinese cabbage. Its leaves are both sweet and tender with a beautiful crepe, or savoyed, texture. With its cold hardiness, you can be successful in growing Chinese Cabbage in the spring and fall. ~ 3,875 seeds per oz.
Other Common Names:Chinese Cabbage, Wong nga pak, wong bak, siew choy, Hakusai
How to Grow Chinese Cabbage
Sow in spring while the soil is still cool. Most Chinese Cabbage seeds require vernalization to trigger the natural sprouting process. This means the seeds should be kept cold until you are ready to plant them. Plant again in late summer for harvesting in the fall.
If the plants experience late spring frosts or more than a week of nights below 50°F, they are likely to bolt (produce a flowering stalk and stop growing) once warm weather returns. Because Chinese Cabbages are heavy feeders, apply a balanced fertilizer and maintain nutrient-rich soil. Oats can be used as a companion plant to prevent clubroot and other soil-borne diseases, increase growth, and attract beneficial insects.
Harvesting Chirimen Hakusai
Harvest when the heads reach the size you want. Cut heads high leaving the base of the plant intact to encourage further development. Small heads will often regrow from the stub. During the fall season Chinese Cabbages can tolerate a light frost, but be sure to harvest all cabbage heads before a hard freeze (28°F).
Chinese cabbage can be eaten raw in salads or other summer dishes. It has high water content and takes on a sweet and juicy flavor when cooked, picking up other flavors from the food it's cooked with. Since it softens as well, it's frequently used with meats in stir-fries and soups during the last stages of cooking. Preserve by drying or pickling.
Tips From Our Gardeners
"I recommend rotating plants of the cabbage family with other vegetables to reduce pest issues over time."
Well-draining, Rich, Slightly Alkaline soil that is 50-60°F.
Pests and Disease:
Common pests and diseases for Chinese Cabbages include flea beetles, cabbageworm, cutworms, cabbage root flies, aphids, clubroot, and other fungi. Keep good garden hygiene to limit issues with these pests and diseases.
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