How to Grow Chinese Michihili Cabbage
Michihili cabbage is a popular Chinese cabbage. Easy to grow in the home
garden, the plant grows quickly into an upright, cylindrical, leafy, loose
head. It has a mild delicate flavor and is very popular in a wide variety
of Asian cuisines. You can use Michihili cabbage in any of your favorite
How to Grow Michihili Cabbage:
Grow Michihili Cabbage plants in full sun, in rich to average garden soil.
Plants prefer cool weather. Like other cole crops, it does not like hot or
For a spring crop, directly sow seeds outdoors in early spring, as soon as
the ground can be worked. Seeds can also be started indoors, for an earlier
start. For a fall crop, sow seeds outdoors 8-10 weeks before the first frost.
If planted in wet weather, elevate the soil a little prior to planting.
Space seedlings 1 1/2 feet apart in rows 2 1/2 feet apart.
Keep plants well watered. The soil should be moist, not wet.
Fertilize regularly with a general purpose garden fertilizer.
Keep plants well weeded early in their growth.
Temperatures - Ideal germination temperature by vegetable
Ideal Soil pH -
Days to Maturity:
Varies by variety: 75 - 80 days
Insects and Pests:
Michihili Cabbage plants are very susceptible to insects, especially aphids
and cabbage loopers. Cabbage loopers are the larva stage of a moth. Try placing
a screen over the plant so the female moth can not lay her eggs. Insecticides
can also be used to control them. Aphids are controlled by frequent spraying.
Organic controls in the form of soap or garlic sprays are also effective.
Michihili Cabbage can rot during hot and humid weather.
More on Plant Problems
All cole crops prefer cool and even cold weather. They are among the first
plants in your garden each spring. They survive below thirty degrees. In
the fall, they will be your last crops to survive increasingly frequent frosts.
Pick Michihili cabbage after the heads are full and solid. You can also begin
to harvest leaves as the plant reaches a size large enough for use in salads,
soups, or your favorite recipe.
Frost or a light freeze will improve flavor.
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