Chinese Cabbage Growing Guide

Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis

Chinese Cabbage

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Rich, moist soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Tolerates light frost.


Feed plants with a liquid plant food when they begin to form heads.


Single Plants: 1' 3" (40cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 11" (30cm) with 1' 11" (60cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow in spring while the soil is still cool. Plant again in late summer for harvesting in the fall.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Water often to keep the soil constantly moist.


Harvest when the heads reach the size you want. In fall, cut heads high, leaving the base of the plant intact. Small heads will often regrow from the stub.


Slugs can be a problem. Trap them with beer traps, hand pick them in rainy weather, or spray them with caffeinated coffee.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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