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63-65 Days to maturity. Brassica rapa var. Pekinensis ‘Spring Crisp’. Spring Crisp Chinese Cabbage Hybrid seeds. Annual. Hybrid. Spring Crisp is desirable for its resistance to bolting during warm weather. With this unique trait, Spring Crisp can stay in your garden or field longer providing more to harvest. Enjoy the crisp lettuce-like cabbage-tasting leaves with a yellow center and fewer internal black specks that are common to other cultivars. You can grow it in both your spring and fall gardens as it prefers cool weather while enduring warm temperatures in areas known for short growing seasons. ~ 11,500 seeds per oz..
Other Common Names:Bok Choy, Celery Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Napa Cabbage, Peking Cabbage
How to Grow Spring Crisp Chinese Cabbage
Prepare fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds or transplant seedlings in spring after danger of all frost in a sunny location. Keep soil moist. Fertilize as needed. Exposing plants to frost or prolonged temperatures below 50°F may result in bolting. Chinese Cabbage requires vernalization. Bud differentiation and bolting result from low temperatures of 5°C for a week or 10°C for two weeks. Bolting will also occur with extended periods of warm temperatures signaling the need for flowering during dormant growth periods.
For spring harvest, transplant seedlings with 5-7 true leaves raised at 23-24°C during the day and over 12°C at night. Providing plants with adequate water and fertilizer after transplanting will promote faster growth.
Harvesting Chinese Cabbage
Harvest your Spring Crisp Chinese Cabbage when it is of a usable size. Check for readiness by feeling the cabbage. It should feel dense and firm when it is ready to be harvested.
Chinese Cabbage is often used in kimchi pickling, sukiyaki, yosenabe, ohitashi, stir-fries, and salads. It can be eaten both raw or cooked to add a slight sweetness to your favorite Asian cuisine.
Stories From Our Gardeners
"I recommend rotating where you plant your crops each year. Planting crops of the same family in the same location year after year can lead to magnified pest issues. By rotating your planting location for Brassica plants, you reduce the severity of pest issues you may have from season to season. Pests that were left to overwinter in the soil wake up to find a different type of plant that is much less desirable, often leading them to spend their energy in the search for food elsewhere."
Well-draining, yet moisture-retaining with a pH of 6.0-7.5
Pests and Disease:
Aphids, whiteflies, flea beetles, cabbage loopers, cutworms, beet armyworms, slugs, and snails are common pests to Spring Crisp Chinese Cabbage. Be aware of the following diseases that may cause problems including club root, white rust, leaf spot, and damping off.
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