Position. Start by picking the perfect location in your garden and then plant your seeds. So feel free to try the same on bok choy Chinese cabbage. In my part of the world napa cabbage is more readily available than bok choy, the reason why I have gone with napa. Growing Chinese Cabbage Prepare the Soil. Frost tolerant. Napa cabbage is a type of Chinese cabbage with thinner, lettuce-like leaves. Gardening Tip for growing Chinese Cabbage – Consider irrigating between the rows/beds to help keep water off the leaves (which helps prevent plant fungal problems). Materials you will need to grow Chinese Cabbage from Cuttings. Feeding. Brassicas (Cabbage family) Soil. Prepare the garden bed for growing chinese cabbage by digging in a complete fertilizer one week before planting. Chinese Cabbage Growing Guide Crop Rotation Group. This Chinese cabbage has oblong leaves that are wrapped tightly around the head. Full sun. It's great in stir-fries or salads, and good news, it's hearty and relatively easy to grow. The stalks of this cabbage are a pristine white in colour and the leaves are a very pale green. Consistent watering is most critical during the period when the heads are forming. Feed plants with a liquid plant food when they begin to form heads. Too little water will result in a calcium deficiency that causes the tips of the leaves to turn brown and die. Companions How to Grow Chinese Cabbage – Fertilizing. Rich, moist soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in. You will need a shallow wide based container that can hold water. The plants need a steady 1 inch of water per week. Grow this Chinese cabbage in the spring and about four to six weeks after the last frost. Tolerates light frost. Consistent watering is important for napa cabbage.