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70-85 days to maturity. Brassica rapa var. Pekinensis 'RCC3'. RCC3 Red Chinese Cabbage Hybrid Seeds. Annual Hybrid. Red Chinese Cabbage is a beautiful rendition of the classic napa-type Chinese Cabbage with a compact head and purple leaves on the expected white stalk. The leaves range in color from bright magentas to red. This red variety is sweeter
than other common green types making it a favorite for raw use in salads or as a garnish. In addition to its visible beauty, this cabbage is also full of important nutrients such as Vitamins C and A. 50 and 1000 seed packets are available.
Other Common Names:Red Dragon, Red Napa Cabbage, KN-RCC3, da bai cai, bok choi.
How to Grow Red Chinese 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 base of the plant 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.
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. 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
"If you live in a region that has warmer summers, try planting Chinese Cabbage in a partial shade area or use floating row covers to prevent bolting. Rotate plants of the cabbage family with other vegetables to reduce pest issues."
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