1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

chinese cabbage flowering is this normal?

Discussion in 'Gardening Discussions' started by lowrider69, May 23, 2018.

  1. lowrider69

    lowrider69 Gardener

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2009
    Messages:
    94
    Occupation:
    Disabled
    Location:
    Devon
    Ratings:
    +65
    My chinese cabbage has developed a high yellow flower on top is this normal? or should I cut them off so the energy goes into more leaf?
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • lowrider69

      lowrider69 Gardener

      Joined:
      Dec 5, 2009
      Messages:
      94
      Occupation:
      Disabled
      Location:
      Devon
      Ratings:
      +65
      thought I would add a photo see if anyone could advise me on my cabbage my 1st time growing these are they no good anymore do you think? I think since the flowers come up they have stopped being bunchy
       

      Attached Files:

      • Like Like x 1
      • Marley Farley

        Marley Farley Affable Admin! Staff Member

        Joined:
        May 11, 2005
        Messages:
        28,665
        Occupation:
        Gardener Councillor Governor Homemaker
        Location:
        Under the Edge Zone 8b
        Ratings:
        +10,378
        Hi @lowrider69 aww very sad but no they have now gone to seed so I would pull them up and start again.. Sad but looks like they bolted..
        Most plants bolt due to hot weather. When the ground temperature goes above a certain temperature, this flips a switch in the plant to produce flowers and seeds very rapidly and to abandon leaf growth almost completely. Bolting is a survival mechanism in a plant. If the weather get to be above where the plant will survive, it will try to produce the next generation seeds as quickly as poss.. Bolting can be prevented by either planting early in the spring so that bolt-prone plants grow during late spring, or late in the summer so they grow during early fall. You can also add mulch and ground cover to the area, as well as watering regularly in order to keep the soil temperature down. Sadly leafy veg and a lot of herbs are very prone to it once the hot weather arrives.. You can use the leaves rather than just toss it all away, but you need to start again I am afraid.. :scratch:
         
        • Like Like x 1
        • Informative Informative x 1
        • misterQ

          misterQ Keen Gardener

          Joined:
          Aug 25, 2015
          Messages:
          423
          Gender:
          Male
          Location:
          Stamford Hill, London N16 6RU
          Ratings:
          +1,191
          Yes, this is normal for oriental leaf vegetables and, as Marley Farley says, they have bolted.

          You can cut off the flower stalk but the base won't develop much further. So, you might as well harvest them now - incidentally, all parts of the plant including the flowers are edible.
           
          • Friendly Friendly x 1
          • lowrider69

            lowrider69 Gardener

            Joined:
            Dec 5, 2009
            Messages:
            94
            Occupation:
            Disabled
            Location:
            Devon
            Ratings:
            +65
            ahhh right I thought this was the case oh well we live and learn will pull them up and think of something else to put in there, thanks for the info
             
            • Like Like x 1

            Share This Page