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65 Days to maturity. Brassica rapa var pekinensis 'China Gold'. China Gold Hybrid Chinese Cabbage Seeds. Annual Hybrid. China Gold is a mid-early maturing variety with excellent green external color and is yellow internally. It has a compact frame, good weight, and is very slow bolting. This variety is tolerant to tipburn and some clubroot types. This variety is bred for spring to early summer harvests where bolting is a problem. ~ 840 seeds per oz.
This seed may only be shipped to the US and Canada.
Other Common Names:Napa, Chinese Cabbage, Wong bok, Da bai cai, huang ya cai, jie qiu bai cai, Hakusai
How to Grow Napa Chinese Cabbage
Start by storing your seeds in the freezer until you are ready to plant. This is called vernalization, a process used to trigger natural signals in the seed that it is time to germinate when planted outside, and the outdoor temperatures warm the seed. Sow in the spring while the soil is still cool. Plant again in late summer for harvesting in the fall.
If these 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. Because it has a high water content it 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
"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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