Cabbage (Chinese) Growing Guide

Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis

Cabbage (Chinese)

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


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


Sun or partial shade preferred.

Frost tolerant

Tolerates light frost.


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


Single Plants: 40cm (1' 3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 30cm (11") with 50cm (1' 7") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow in mid-late summer and transplant to final positions in early to mid autumn.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Surround stem with a 10cm (4 inch) mat with a slit cut into it for the stem to prevent cabbage root fly from destroying the roots. Use fine mesh or fleece over the summer to prevent butterflies laying eggs on the underside of leaves - caterpillars can destroy these plants. Keep soil moist in dry weather.


Harvest from early spring to early summer.


Slugs can be a problem.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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