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OPTIKO CABBAGE (F1 hybrid 75 days)

Germ 7-12 days
This compact, barrel shaped Chinese Cabbage held the longest in the field and retained its flavor better than others we trialed. It was the first to begin heading, though its zesty, mustardy flavor didn’t develop until the heads were large and firm. Uniformity in size and growth was remarkable as was its ability to stand in the heat of summer. Well suited for succession planting. 50 seeds


Indoors- 4-6 weeks before last frost and 1/4” deep with soil temperature at 65-75 degrees. Liquid fertilize seedlings every 7-10 days. Transplant out just before last frost.

Outdoors – Early spring until mid summer for fall crops. Plant 1/2” deep, 12-15” apart for small headed varieties and 20-30” for large headed varieties

Harvest- If the heads feel solid by pushing on them lightly they are ready to harvest. Harvest as soon as possible for early varieties to prevent splitting. Later maturing varieties will hold longer.

Tips- Mulch, provide fertilizer, and adequate moisture for optimum growth.

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David M.
United States

Chinese cabbage

Haven't planted yet. I start them in January

Jon P.
United States

Due to the drought last

Due to the drought last year, it got off to a decent start early in the hot bed, hand watered and fed organically. After I transplanted them outside, two plants got frost bit...I was testing to see how frost hardy these were. The next planting I gave them night cover, and sometimes used a low watt night light inside their grow boxes. Those lived and were a lot tastier than later plantings of it. Wife loved it better than I did, but she used it with peanut butter, and I used it lightly steamed with garlic tips, dandelion leaves, and kale. Made a light honey sauce using my own hive herbal honey, and a bit of organic vinegar. That was tasty since it was the first salad greens of the season. Later plantings of it did not produce like I'd hoped for market uses, but it was too hot in the spring and too dry for adequate production. The fall crop accomplished what I'd hoped it'd do in the spring. Will try again this spring in a plunge bed.