Basics

Ease of Growing
Moderate
Grown as
Biennial
Days to Maturity
65-70 (Spring/Summer), 70-85 (Fall/Winter)
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Hardy

Very hardy and can withstand early frost once plant is established.

Crops
Spring Transplant, Fall
Growing Season
Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Cold, Cool

Chinese Cabbage has a reputation of being rather difficult to grow. This is because of its tendency to bolt prematurely if exposed to almost any kind of interruption in its growth.

Outdoor Growing Temp
40°F - 75°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
40°F

If you are growing cabbage in cool weather, they should be planted in a warm sheltered place, with full sun.

Start Indoors
Yes
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool)

Fun sun or partial shade in warm climates

Water
Moderate

Cabbages need a regular water supply to grow well, so keep the soil evenly moist. Heads may split if a heavy rain follows a long dry spell without irrigation.

Feeder
Heavy

Cabbages are hungry plants and must have rich soil if they are to produce well. They prefer heavy soil with lots of organic matter to retain moisture and lots of available nutrients (especially potassium and phosphorus). They don't need a lot of nitrogen however, as this can lead to sappy growth that isn't very hardy. Early varieties require a higher soil fertility than mid or late-season varieties.

Suitability
Tolerates light frost
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
Yes

Choose a container that is at least 12" deep and 14" wide. Make sure that your container has at least one drainage hole and fill with a mixture of potting soil and compost. Place your container in full sun as long as the temperature allows for this. In warmer climates, Napa Bilko will need shade. Make sure the soils stays moist by watering regularly.

Attracts beneficial insects?
No
Color
Green
Fruit Size
8.0-10.0"
Plant Height
10.0-12.0"
Plant Diameter
6.0-8.0"
Hardiness Zone
2-11
Disease Resistance
-
Taste Profile

Sweet mild flavor good for stir fry or braised, also adds depth of flavor to soups.