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50-60 Days to maturity. Brassica rapa var Pekinensis 'Blues'. Blues Hybrid Chinese Cabbage Seeds. Annual Hybrid. This early maturity Chinese cabbage (Nappa) has many qualities like being widely adaptable for most North American growing areas, having strong bolting tolerance, and being resistant to viruses, Downy mildew, leaf spot, Alternaria leaf spot, and Bacterial soft rot. Look forward to using its 4.5-pound heads in your favorite cabbage dishes. Approximately 2,800 seeds per oz.
Other Common Names:Napa, Chinese Cabbage, Wong bok, Da bai cai, huang ya cai, jie qiu bai cai, Hakusai
How to Grow Blues 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 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. 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."
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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