Chinese Cabbage

Ip Ssam Hong Chinese Cabbage

Ip Ssam Hong Chinese Cabbage


Brassica rapa, Pekinensisi Group 65 days. Not your average Chinese cabbage, Ip Ssam Hong boasts greatly enhanced nutrition, brilliant purple color, and a delectable, subtle mustard flavor. Big, oval leaves form generously sized, loose heads that reach 12–16 inches across. Plant in late summer and you can watch the crop ignite to a vibrant red color with the onset of cooler temperatures in the fall.

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Approximately 125-175 seeds per 1/2 gram.
  • OV577/S
  • 1/2 gram
  • $2.65

  • OV577/P
  • 2 grams
  • $4.85

  • OV577/B
  • 1/2 oz
  • $15.45
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Brassica rapa, Pekinensis Group:The virtues of Chinese cabbage include loads of soluble fiber, antioxidants, and almost negligible caloric content. Use this mildly-flavored veggie in stir-fries, as a stand-in for conventional cabbage, or fresh in salads.

CULTURE: This crop grows best in a cool environment with moist, airy soil that provides high nutrient levels. Responds best to decreasing day length and temperatures, which makes it a good fall crop. Spring plantings can also be successful when planted at the proper time. Premature bolting is often times a result of young plants being exposed to frost.
TO DIRECT SOW: For a spring crop, sow after the danger of frost. Fall crops can be sown from early July through mid-August. In very friable soil, sow 1 seed per inch, 1/4 inch deep, with rows 18-36 inches apart. Thin seedlings to 12-18 inches apart in the row. One cup of our complete fertilizer is sufficient for 10 row feet.
FOR TRANSPLANTS: For a spring crop, start plants 4-5 weeks prior to your last frost and set out after the danger of frost. Fall crops can be started from early June through mid-July and set out when there are 4-5 true leaves. Sow 1/4 inch deep in a sterile seedling mix. Set transplants to a depth of the first pair of leaves. Space plants and fertilize as described above.
INSECTS: Pyrethrin can be used to reduce flea beetle and Diabrotica (cucumber beetle) infestations. Row covers provide a good physical barrier from insects.
DISEASE: Good crop rotation and a strict sanitary program drastically reduce the chance of disease.
HARVEST: Harvest the heads as soon as mature to avoid bolting. Cut at the surface and store in a cool area at 100% humidity.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 75%. Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding. Usual seed life: 3 years. Approximately 125-175 seeds per 1/2 gram.