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Cabbage

Brassica oleracea var. capitata (Cabbage ‘Stonehead’)

 

Life: Biennial grown as Annual

 

 

Size: 1′

 

 

Light: Full Sun

 

 

Water: Moist with Good Drainage

 

 

Soil: Any Neutral

 

55 days to maturity. F-1 hybrid. All-America Selection winner. Named for its very solid interior, this early variety produces flavorful heads that are round, medium sized, 3-4 pound and short-cored (meaning there is very little wasted when preparing for cooking). Because of its smaller size, it is a great variety for close crop planting. It is suitable for home gardeners and market producers as it holds well in the field without splitting. Cabbage is a cool weather crop which, this far south, should be planted in the fall. This assures adequate time to maturity before spring temps consistently reach 80 degrees at which time, the plants will bolt (go to flower and then to seed). Cabbage is easily grown in rich, pH neutral, consistently moist, well-drained soil. Space plants 12-18″ apart in rows 1½-2′ apart in full sun. Add a balanced fertilizer at planting and a dose of ammonium nitrate about a month into the growing season. Mulch plants to protect the shallow roots, retain moisture and prevent soil from splashing into the head as it forms. Harvest when the heads get firm and while they are still brightly colored; smaller side-heads may form after the main head is harvested. Cabbage heads may split if not harvested promptly.

Brassica oleracea var. capitata (Cabbage ‘Ruby Perfection’)

 

Life: Biennial grown as Annual

 

 

Size: 1′

 

 

Light: Full Sun

 

 

Water: Moist with Good Drainage

 

 

Soil: Any Neutral

 

85 days to maturity. F-1 hybrid. This vigorous variety produces 3-4 pound, 7-8″ diameter, round, tight heads of flavorful, crisp, deep red leaves, perfect for slaws or for cooking and with great storing potential. Cabbage is a cool season crop which, this far south, is best planted in the fall. This gives plenty of time to maturity before spring temps consistently reach 80 degrees at which time, the plants will bolt (go to flower and then to seed). Cabbage is easily grown in rich, pH neutral, consistently moist, well-drained soil. Space plants 12-18″ apart in rows 1½-2′ apart in full sun. Add a balanced fertilizer at planting and a dose of ammonium nitrate about a month into the growing season. Mulch plants to protect the shallow roots, retain moisture and prevent soil from splashing into the head as it forms. Harvest when the heads get firm and while they are still brightly colored; smaller side-heads may form after the main head is harvested. Cabbage heads may split if not harvested promptly.