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Extremely simple technique for growing clean sweet cabbage

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Hello, I’m AgriSearch, and today I want to share with you a simple technique for growing sweet cabbage at home. Sweet cabbage is a familiar vegetable in every household, it’s easy to eat and contains many nutrients that are good for your body. If you’re a fan of sweet cabbage, why not take advantage of empty spaces to grow your own fresh sweet cabbage at home? Here is a step-by-step guide to growing sweet cabbage.

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    Everything you need to know about sweet cabbage

Sweet cabbage is a vegetable that belongs to the brassica family. It originated from China and India. Sweet cabbage plants are around 16-20 cm tall, white, round, and plump. Sweet cabbage is a mild vegetable that contains many nutrients such as protein, lipids, calcium, vitamin B1, and more. In Vietnam, sweet cabbage is often used to stir-fry with garlic, cook in soups, and is frequently included in Vietnamese meals.

Sweet cabbage is easy to grow, but it is also susceptible to pests and diseases. Therefore, to ensure that your sweet cabbage plants grow healthy and green, it is important to follow the correct planting and care techniques.

You can grow sweet cabbage all year round, but the best time to plant is during the Spring-Summer season (January – May in the Gregorian calendar). Sweet cabbage plants prefer partial shade, so you should expose them to sunlight for 3-5 hours per day. However, if you are growing cabbage in a location with full sunlight, you need to water the plants more to ensure fast growth and high yield. If you are planting sweet cabbage during the rainy season, you should use a net or shelter to prevent rain from damaging the leaves.

  1. Preparing the soil for sweet cabbage growing

Sweet cabbage can grow well in various types of soil, but the most suitable soil for growing sweet cabbage is light loam soil with good drainage and aeration. The ideal pH level for sweet cabbage growth is 6.5 – 7.

You can directly grow sweet cabbage in farmland or garden soil, or you can use small containers or pots if you have limited space. To ensure the best growth for sweet cabbage, remove all weeds and residue from previous plants and prepare the soil thoroughly to make it loose and well-drained. If you are planting directly in the ground, you should add lime to the soil and let it sit for 7-10 days to eliminate pests and diseases. If you are planting sweet cabbage in containers, you can purchase nutrient-rich soil mixes.

  1. Seed treatment and seeding techniques for sweet cabbage

Sweet cabbage is grown from seeds, so you can purchase sweet cabbage seeds from reputable sources with clear origins. Sweet cabbage seeds have hard shells, so it is recommended to soak the seeds in water to soften the shells and speed up germination.

Prepare a soaking solution with a ratio of 2 parts boiling water to 3 parts lukewarm water, then soak the sweet cabbage seeds for 4-6 hours. After soaking, drain the seeds and place them in a dry, well-ventilated area. You can stir the seeds gently to ensure even drying. After about 8 hours, the seeds will crack and have small, white sprouts. This is the perfect time to plant the seeds. If you want to speed up the germination process or are planting sweet cabbage on a larger scale, you can skip this step.

For sweet cabbage, you should sow the seeds about 0.5 cm deep in the soil. After sowing, lightly cover the seeds with a layer of soil to prevent them from being scattered by wind or threatened by other organisms. Each seed should be spaced about 3 cm apart, and once the sweet cabbage plants have grown, thin them out to a spacing of 5-7 cm for optimal growth. After sowing the seeds, cover the surface with straw or a thin layer of husk and thoroughly water the seeds immediately after planting.

  1. Sweet cabbage care techniques

Sweet cabbage is a short-day herbaceous plant that requires regular watering. It is recommended to water the plants 1-2 times daily to keep the soil moist.

Regular thinning is important for the optimal growth of sweet cabbage. The first thinning should be done when the plants have 2-3 true leaves. The second thinning should be done when the plants have 4-5 true leaves, and the spacing between plants should be 5-7 cm. You should also weed and remove any diseased or stunted plants to promote airflow and limit the spread of pests and diseases.

If you are planting sweet cabbage at home or in soil that is initially rich in nutrients, you don’t need to worry as the plants will grow quickly without the need for fertilizer. However, if you are growing cabbage on a larger scale, it is recommended to fertilize the sweet cabbage plants. You can use various types of organic fertilizers such as compost, organic manure, urea, superphosphate, potassium, etc. Make sure to follow the recommended application rates and the recommended minimum interval of 10 days between fertilizer application and harvest.

Sweet cabbage is a relatively pest-free vegetable. However, the soft, young leaves of sweet cabbage are attractive to pests such as snails, caterpillars, and beetles. To prevent sweet cabbage from being attacked by these pests, you can use nets or barriers. Regular monitoring is essential to detect and manage any pest or disease infestations promptly.

  1. Harvesting sweet cabbage

Sweet cabbage is a short-term crop that takes around 20-25 days from planting to harvest for young, fresh leaves. To achieve full maturity, it takes around 40-50 days. When harvesting, you can leave the root intact, and new sweet cabbage shoots will grow from the old root. Although these new cabbage plants will be smaller in size, the taste of the leaves will remain the same.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the nutritional value of cải ngọt?
– Cải ngọt contains nutrients such as protein, lipids, calcium, and vitamin B1.

2. When is the best time to plant cải ngọt?
– The best time to plant cải ngọt is during the Spring and Summer season.

3. What kind of soil is best for growing cải ngọt?
– Cải ngọt thrives best in light, sandy soil with good drainage and a pH level of 6.5-7.

4. How often should I water cải ngọt?
– Cải ngọt needs regular watering, ideally 1-2 times a day to keep the soil moist.

5. How long does it take for cải ngọt to mature and be ready for harvest?
– Cải ngọt can be harvested after approximately 20-25 days for young leaves, and around 40-50 days for full maturity.

Emilia Chaney
Emilia Chaneyhttps://agrisearch.net
My name is Emilia Chaney. I'm a social girl from Romania with a big smile and 3 passions: Agriculture, Travel and Social Media. I try to make this blog practical, full of great advice and inspiring ideas.

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