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Cabbage chinese 'Natsuki'

Brassica rapa

Hardy Annual

  • Perfect for homemade Korean Kimchi
  • Smooth crisp leaves
  • Harvest from 7weeks from sowing
This smooth crisp Chinese leaf cabbage looks more like a semi-heart Romaine lettuce than a traditional cabbage! It is a truly multipurpose variety with good tip burn and bolting resistance. Young leaves can be used in salads and stir fries in as little as 7 weeks from sowing. Harvest in autumn for 'eat all' hearts. The crisp white stalks have a mild flavour and should be eaten with the leaf for zero wastage in the kitchen. Use in salads and stir fries, or try making your own Korean Kimchi, a pickled cabbage recipe popular with top chefs and restaurants. Best sown direct. 15cm spacings for 125g -200g heads, 30cm spacing will form heavier heads over 500g.

Ideal For:
kitchen garden
Sowing Months:
April, May
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (30 cabbage seeds)

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    • Despatch: by Monday
    • £2.99

Sow summer cabbage indoors seed from February to May. Alternatively direct sow outdoors from late March into a well prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Sow at a depth of 13mm (½") and distance of 23cm (9") between rows.

Indoors, sow seed at a depth of 12mm (½") in trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost and cover with a layer of vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F) until germination which takes 4 -7 days. Once germinated, grow Cabbage plants on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and plants are large enough to be transplanted with 2-3 true leaves.

Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 - 10 days before planting cabbage in moist, rich, well drained soil in full sun. A fertile soil is essential as cabbages require high levels of nitrogen. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Apply lime to acid soils to reduce the acidity and lessen the risk of clubroot. Plant cabbages at a distance of 50cm (20") apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Place a collar around the stem of each plant to prevent cabbage root fly attacks. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.

Water cabbages regularly, particularly during dry periods. Feed throughout the growing season with a high nitrogen feed. Hoe between plants regularly to prevent weeds from establishing and bring insect larvae to the surface. Draw earth up around the base of each stem to prevent wind rock and improve the plants stability. Harvest Summer Cabbages from late June once the heads have matured. Culinary note: Vitamin rich cabbages are particularly high in iron and potassium, but also low in calories.

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