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Optiko Cabbage (F1 Hybrid, 75 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

PLANTING

Brassica rapa var. pekinensis

Germination: 7-12 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-85ºF.

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep

Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Thin to the strongest seedling. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement. Transplant a week or two before last frost. Space 12-18" apart. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. 

Sowing Outdoors: Spring when soil temperature reaches at least 55ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds every 12-15” apart for small headed varieties, 20-30” for large headed varieties. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow in midsummer for fall crops. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.

How much does a packet plant: 15-20 foot single row

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: Needs to be provided with fertile soil, rich in organic matter from the very beginning of its growth in the garden. Provide adequate, even moisture for the best growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.

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    CW
    06/14/2019
    C. W.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Optiko Cabbager

    It’s looking pretty good. Come back to me in a couple of weeks,

    DM
    10/21/2018
    David M.
    United States

    Chinese cabbage

    Haven't planted yet. I start them in January

    JP
    01/25/2018
    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.