Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group)
Cabbage is a plant which belongs to the Brassica (Mustard) genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (oleracea) means 'eaten as a vegetable'.
Cabbages grown late in autumn and in the beginning of winter are called coleworts.It is an edible vegetable and is treated mainly as a biennial, so it grows best over the course of two years. Cabbage is known for its stemless habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). Popular varieties of Cabbage with home gardeners are Red, Early Golden Acre, Copenhagen Market, Early Jersey Wakefield, and Savoy.
As Cabbage is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.
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By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Cabbage about 45 days before your last frost date .
Do not plant too close together otherwise the plants will become leggy.
Transplant out at 6 weeks or when there are 6 – 8 true leaves and danger of frost has passed.
By our calculations*, you should look at planting out Cabbage about 21 days before your last frost date.
Early types mature fast and burst quickly, so they must be harvested promptly. Types that mature in late summer or autumn, when growth rates are slow, hold in the field relatively longer.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Cabbage so consider planting:
geraniums, dill, alliums, rosemary 1
Rosemary repels cabbage flies, geraniums trap cabbage worms 1
Cabbage loves Dutch clover
fixes nitrogen, increases number of predatory ground beetles
These plants will not grow well with Cabbage so avoid planting these within close proximity:
mustards, tomatoes, peppers strawberries, and pole/runner beans 1
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Cabbage plants:aphids, clubroot, root-knot nematodes and cabbage maggots
Normanno-Picard “caboche” (meaning “head”)
When cooking cabbage it’s a good idea not to use aluminum utensils and cookware because it may alter the flavor and color of this vegetable.
The veins of a cabbage leaf can be gently crushed and applied to the skin to reduce swelling. 2
Common cabbage, Garden cabbage, Bowkail, Colewort, Savoy cabbage
Brassica oleracea, Brassica oleracea capitata, Brassica oleracea var. capitata
Misspellings: Cabage, Cabbagge, Head Cabbage, Heading Cabbage
13 Feb 2013
26 Jul 2011
absolutely delicious when used in my famous homemade cabbage rolls. This variety was very easy to grow from seed and was very healthy despite the horrid wet summer we have had this year. I would have rated it a 5, but there are prettier varieties out th
20 Jul 2011
OK not great. Supposed to be early but took 100 days to harvest. Tiny heads of 1lbs. Not particularly flavorful or tender. Slightly bitter and a bit tough. Meh.
20 Jul 2011
Just OK. Supposed to be early but took 125 days to harvest. Flavor not great. A tiny bit bitter. Leaves on the tough side. Heads only about 1 lbs.
Cabbage care instructions
How long does Cabbage take to grow?
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