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50-55 Days to maturity. Brassica rapa var Pekinensis 'Mini Kisaku 50'. Mini Kisaku 50 Hybrid Chinese Cabbage Seeds. Annual Hybrid. This unique Michihili-type cabbage is a mini hybrid that develops 2-3 pound compact heads with a yellow core. Because it is a Michihili-type you can expect to see better stress tolerance compared to other varieties. Enjoy this crisp and tender variety in your favorite salads, soups, stir-fries, or traditional dishes like sukiyaki, yosenabe, and ohitashi. For use beyond the season pickle for storage. ~ 11,400 seeds per oz.
Other Common Names:Chinese Cabbage, Michihili, Da bai cai, huang ya cai, jie qiu bai cai, wong bak, Hakusai.
How to Grow Mini Kisaku 50 Cabbage
Sow in spring while the soil is still cool. 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 Chinese Cabbage
Harvest when the heads reach the size you want. In the fall, cut heads high, leaving the plant's base intact. 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).
Napa cabbage can be eaten raw in salads. 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. Because it softens it is frequently used with meats in stir-fries and soups during the last stages of cooking. Preserve by drying or pickling.
Tips From Our Gardeners
"To fully enjoy these juicy cabbages try using season-extending tools such as floating row covers, greenhouses, or shade cloth to keep your plants cooler during the summer heat and warm as you enter spring or winter to harvest from two plantings."
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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