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Plants are not fully winter hardy in Britain, though mature plants withstand light frosts to about -3°c. Plants prefer coolish weather during their growing season, a temperature range of 13 - 20°c is ideal. The Chinese cabbage is widely cultivated, especially in China and Japan, for its edible leaves. It looks like a large cos lettuce or cabbage and has a crisp, watery texture with a mustard-like taste. There are many named varieties. Those forms with loose heads were developed for areas with hotter summers, whilst compact-headed forms were developed for cooler areas. The loose-headed forms are less prone to bolt, are more resistant to cold and are more disease-resistant. An annual to biennial species, it is normally grown as an annual. Plants take from 55 - 100 days from sowing to maturity, depending on variety, the loose-headed forms are usually 2 - 3 weeks faster than compact-headed forms. Plants do not like root disturbance so should not be transplanted unless grown in individual pots. Plants are highly resistant to fungus attacks and the cabbage moth, they are also slow to bolt in hot weather. Some cultivars are more resistant to bolting when sown in spring than other forms. There is some evidence that interplanting this species with dill and garlic can lessen the attacks of caterpillars.A good bee plant.
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