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|Latin name:||Brassica oleracea convar. capitata var. alba 'Caraflex F1'|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Harvesting:||June - November|
Green cabbage seed needs no prior treatment although an overnight soak in lukewarm water will encourage germination.
Green cabbage is a fast growing vegetable that will thrive in a water retaining soil that was well fertilised in the winter.
How to Sow
Sow under glass: February-April.
Sow in the garden: April-May.
Be aware that green (spring) cabbage seeds are a favourite with the birds so starting off in the cold frame is best. Then plant the somewhat larger seedlings in the garden. You must otherwise definitely take protective measures against the birds.
There are two ways to sow:
- Early - from the end of February already up to April, indoors. Use small pots, one seed per pot. Cover with soil, press lightly down and sprinkle immediately. Stand the pots in the cold frame (indoors is just too warm). Keep them moist and give them plenty of room - the plants should not touch each other. Plant out from the end of April at 70 cm intervals, in rows 70 cm apart.
- Sow directly in the garden, in full sun, from April through May. These seedlings are fairly hardy. Fork the soil loose to about 30 cm deep. Draw a straight furrow approx. 1 cm deep and sprinkle the seed between thumb and forefinger along the row, as thinly as you can manage. Cover the seeds with half a centimetre of soil, press carefully down and sprinkle with water. Label the row. Extra rows should be at 20 cm intervals. A chicken wire tunnel will help keep the birds off. Thin the seedlings out along the rows (or in pots) once there are four leaves to a plant and don't forget about keeping those birds at bay!
Water extra, only in periods of drought. Green cabbage will thank you for some fertiliser right through the season. Keep the bed free of weed and your cabbages will thrive.
Harvest your green cabbages just before they are fully grown, when they feel firm. Use a sharp knife and cut the head off at the base of the plant. The rest can be dug up and thrown out.
Your rabbit will love a few cabbage leaves too!
All cabbages are classified as Brassicaceae or Cruciferea and although there are many varieties, they are genetically known as being almost equal to each other.
Brassica oleracea covers many cabbages. They have been grown, crossed and cultivated again for 5,000 years already. Thus, the Latin name for cabbages Brassica oleracea convar. capitata and cabbage specific Brassica oleracea convar. capitata var. alba. Green (spring) cabbage is white, with a tapered head and is named in the same way as the full round headed cabbage.
There are so many types of cabbage and kohlrabi too - both earlies and lates for sowing throughout the year. There are also varieties that can tolerate more cold than others. . Keep to the sowing time advised to minimise the risk of problems (fast growers are usually less hardy so are best not harvested in frosty months).
Brassica oleracea convar. capitat var. alba is a bi-annual plant that will principally flower and set seed in its 2nd year.