When should I plant Chinese cabbage?
Chinese cabbage performs best when planted in summer for a fall crop. (Chinese cabbage frequently goes to seed when planted in spring.) Sow the seed of Chinese cabbage at a depth of 1/4 to ½ inch in July. Rows should be spaced 2 feet apart. Thin plants when 1 to 2 inches tall. After thinning, plants should be spaced 12 to 18 inches apart within the row. Suggested varieties for Iowa include ‘Jade Pagoda,’ ‘Greenwich,’ and ‘Michihili.’
Chinese cabbage is a versatile garden vegetable. It has a sweeter, milder flavor than true cabbage. The crisp, tender leaves may be used like lettuce in salads, shredded for cole slaw, steamed, or stir-fried.