Chinese cabbage

B3B3 Posts: 10,884
Do they really only take two months to grow?


In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • The only time I've tried them was in SW France.  I found they didn't heart up as they should have done and got fed up waiting for them.  A shame as I do like them.
    Be interesting to know how you get on with them.
  • B3B3 Posts: 10,884
    Were you able to eat them anyway?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • It was a good few years ago but I doubt I would have wasted what was produced - altho I knew they were "long term " veg., I just remember being a bit disappointed with the results.

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,697
    edited 14 February
    They always bolt for me so I've given up but yes, I think you need to grow them very fast to stand a chance. Think of them as lettuce and you'll be in the right ball park
    On and on the rain will fall, like tears from the star
    On and on the rain will say, how fragile we are
  • B3B3 Posts: 10,884
    Ok. They contain a lot of water so i suppose keeping them them well watered will be an issue too. I think I'll try a few in a container.
    Thanks for advice  chaps 😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,599
    Sow them after midsummer when the days are getting shorter ... then they won’t bolt. 
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  • B3B3 Posts: 10,884
    Right O 😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,697
    Sow them after midsummer when the days are getting shorter ... then they won’t bolt. 
    Nope - still bolted. I think they need more water than I can provide. When water is provided without my interference (as it was this autumn), there's not enough light, so they bolt anyway. I've tried them 3 years with different timing and different conditions with the same result.

    Note: I can't grow lettuce most of the time either. It's me, not the Chinese cabbage. So don't let my failure put you off   :smile:
    On and on the rain will fall, like tears from the star
    On and on the rain will say, how fragile we are
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,151
    @raisingirl Try growing as 'baby leaves' or 'cut and come again' which, as long as you keep cutting, should be less likely to bolt especially if planted after midsummer.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • B3B3 Posts: 10,884
    I like that idea @BobTheGardener. I only use a few leaves at a time anyway.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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