Growing Chinese cabbage, also Wong bok, wong nga pak, napa cabbage

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Chinese cabbage in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow direct in the garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 8-10 weeks. Harvest whole head or you can take a few leaves at a time.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile, coriander), lettuce, potatoes
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chilli, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard
  • Chinese Cabbage (commons.wikimedia.org - Sous Chef Photos - CC-BY-2.0)

Large oval shape with crinkly light green leaves and white stems. Wider at the base. Grows easily from seeds. Prefers cooler weather. Best grown fast with plenty of fertiliser and water.

Watch for slugs and snails.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Chinese cabbage

Use in stir-fry . Has a milder flavour than regular cabbage.
Shred the inner leaves and stems to use in coleslaw salad.

Your comments and tips

13 Dec 21, dave clark (Australia - temperate climate)
I am growing bok choi but this one is different. it is dark green crinkly leave has anyone else grown it. Also can you eat it without cooking
27 Oct 21, Marion (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I want to make kimchi and I want to grow my own cabbage.were can I get seeds or ready sprouted plants
28 Oct 21, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Try an online seed supplier, like Egmont Seeds or else garden shops - Bunnings, Mitre 10
17 Oct 21, Mary Boynton (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I want to grow chinese mini cabbages and chinese brocolli over summer.
11 Apr 21, Deborah (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I want to grow this variety of cabbage. Can I plant it in autumn/winter?
12 Apr 21, Liz (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
If you are likely to get frosts then it is best to leave starting the seeds till late winter/spring time
20 Jan 21, lori (Australia - temperate climate)
it says ' prefers cooler weather
22 Jan 21, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
I personally would plant this autumn and harvest winter (not Sept as they suggest - way too hot by Oct/Nov). I'm sub tropical and have done this. Prefers cooler weather means grow it in the cooler months.
27 Nov 19, Sera Taole (Australia - temperate climate)
Iam a home gadener in Fiji.Been tryin g to get my napa cabbage to have a head .The leaves seem to be taller and wider.l have not given up hope yet... would be grateful for advice to get my plant looking like the one on pictures.
24 Dec 19, colleen (USA - Zone 10b climate)
You're not alone! I have *never* been able to get mine to naturally head like it's supposed to, and I've tried several different seed varieties of Napa cabbage. An older gardener told me to tie them loosely with twine once the plants started to get fairly big (he said to do the same with cauliflower) and also to make sure I'm planting in the coolest months possible, amending my soil to make it more acidic (mine is very alkaline), adding phosphorus but not too much nitrogen, and making sure the plant is getting enough water. The twine trick worked fairly well, but it seems like
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