All About Growing Cabbage


Think cabbage is boring? Think again! Try flourishing cabbage in your garden to suffer green, savoy and red cabbage year-round.

Dependable, nutritious, and tasty tender or cooked, both immature and red cabbage are among a many prolific cool-season crops. Gardeners flourishing cabbage in cold climates can grow huge, blue-ribbon heads. Where prohibited summers order a cold seasons, fast-maturing varieties do good in open and again in fall. All forms of cabbage are during their best in late fall, after bearing to light frosts.

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Types of Cabbage

Green cabbage varieties change in their earliness and mature size. Smaller varieties can be grown during tighten spacing.

Red cabbage provides aloft levels of vitamins A and C than other forms of cabbage do, and a splendid tone is always pleasing on a plate.

Savoy cabbage produces a frail heart and crinkled, dim immature outdoor leaves.

Pointed cabbage develops conical instead of dull heads. Its honest expansion robe and parsimonious outdoor leaves strengthen forked cabbage from insects and sun.

Napa cabbage (or Chinese cabbage) matures fast and produces crisp, mild-flavored leaves. Learn some-more in Growing Asian Greens.

For some-more information about forms of cabbage and a endorsed varieties, see a Cabbage during a Glance chart. 

When to Plant Cabbage

In spring, start seeds indoors or in a cold support 8 to 10 weeks before your final open frost, and set out hardened-off seedlings when they are about 6 weeks old. Seeds origin best during 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

In summer, start seeds 12 to 14 weeks before your initial tumble frost, and transplant a seedlings to a garden when they are 4 to 6 weeks old. Plant early and late varieties to widen your collect season.

How to Plant Cabbage

Growing cabbage plants requires unchanging feeding and abounding sun. Choose a sunny, well-drained site with fruitful dirt that has a pH between 6.0 and 6.5.

Loosen a planting bed and brew in a 2-inch covering of compost along with a customary focus of a offset organic fertiliser or well-composted manure. Water a fertilized bed entirely before environment out seedlings. Allow 18 to 20 inches between plants for 4-pound varieties; incomparable varieties might need some-more room. Varieties that will furnish heads that import reduction than 2 pounds (check your seed packet) can be spaced 12 inches apart.

Harvesting and Storage