The Chinese cabbage It is a horticultural plant that is not yet well known, but that is gradually spreading more throughout Europe. It is very reminiscent of romaine lettuce, although it has a different origin. In fact, it is from the other part of the world, the Far East.
It is very easy to maintain, and it only takes three months to develop enough to be collected, which is very interesting, don’t you think?
How to grow Chinese cabbage
If you want to make a different salad, low in calories and very healthy, the first thing to do is, of course, buy the seeds of this plant in spring, in nurseries or agricultural stores. Once at home, they will be sown in seedling traysputting a maximum of two seeds in each alveolus, with universal cultivation substrate.
It is important that the seedbed is exposed to direct sunlight and that the soil is always moist, since otherwise the seeds will not germinate or the seedlings will come out very weak. Thus, you have to water frequentlyavoiding letting the earth dry out. In this way, they will begin to germinate after 3-7 days.
When they reach a minimum height of 5cm they will be moved to larger pots or to the garden, where they will be planted in rows leaving a distance of 20-30cm between them.
From then on, they will begin to be paid with organic fertilizers, such as guano, manure, earthworm humus o compost. So they will grow up healthy and strong. Although, yes, to avoid being affected by pests and diseases, we must remove the wild herbs that may grow around them, and treat the Chinese cabbages with Neem oil to avoid aphids, spider mites, whiteflies and mealybugs. It also does not hurt to do preventive treatments with natural fungicides, such as copper or sulfur during the spring, so that the fungi cannot harm them.
This way you will have an excellent harvest.