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Master class: Growing Chinese Cabbage in Tasmania

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

This Master Class by Landscaping Hobart will teach you how to grow Chinese Cabbage in Tasmania.

Chinese Cabbage (Brassica Rapa Pekinensis) is also known as Wombok. Chinese Cabbage was believed to have originated in Beijing, China and hence the name Chinese Cabbage. People love cooking with Chinese Cabbage as it is sweeter and has a relatively mild flavor when compared to traditional cabbage. The best part about Chinese Cabbage is that it will store in the crisper of your freeze for about 4 weeks and if you blanche it, Chinese Cabbage can be frozen for up to 4 months.

What soil:

Heavy soil that retains moisture and rich in organic matter.

Where to plant:

Plant Chinese Cabbage in a full sun or partial shade position.

Growing Chinese Cabbage from stem:

Did you know that you can grow Chinese Cabbage from leftover kitchen scraps? Simply place the Chinese Cabbage stem into a shallow container and add a small amount of water. Place the container in a sunny position and add water every 3 to 4 days.  You should begin to see new roots and leaves beginning to form after the fifth day. Allow growth to continue until the seventh day before transplanting into soil. You can grow bok choy, celery, fennel and leeks in the same way.

Growing Chinese Cabbage from seeds:

As Chinese Cabbage thrives in the cooler months, sow the seeds of Chinese Cabbage in late summer and transplant in early autumn. As Chinese Cabbage can be shocked into bolting to seed, it does not transplant well and so you should use biodegradable pots which can be simply placed into the soil directly.

Frost tolerant:

Chinese Cabbage tolerates light frost.


Regular watering will ensure the plants grow rapidly.

Plant next to:

You should plant Chinese Cabbage next to cabbage, Brussel Sprouts or Cauliflower. Avoid planting it next to Tomatoes, Peppers or Potatoes.

Chinese cabbage is not the same as traditional cabbage


Keep 25cm distance between each Chinese Cabbage when planting.

How to harvest:

Cut and remove the heads of the Chinese Cabbage at soil level when they are firm and the leaves hold tightly together.

Pests and diseases:

Caterpillars love to eat the leaves of Chinese Cabbage so protect your plants with fine mesh or exclusion netting to prevent butterflies from laying eggs on the leaves.


Landscaping Hobart recommends using Chinese Cabbage in Woks of Life’s Chinese Cabbage Stir-Fry Recipe.

Tried everything and still finding growing Chinese Cabbage difficult? Get in contact with Landscaping Hobart by emailing or using the Quote page.

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