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Cabbage growing



General information

  • Brassica oleracea var. capitata, Cabbage
  • Brassicaceae family
  • Sunlight: : full sun. Can tolerate light shade but will slow maturity. Light shade can be beneficial in warm weather.
  • Soil Conditions: prefers well-drained, fertile soil, high in organic matter.
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Successful cultivars

  • Early Jersey Wakefield (90 days) Fast, productive, large dense heads.
  • Charmant (66 days) 3-4 pound blue-green heads. Suited for close plantings.
  • Alcosa (65 days) Savoy type, 2-4 pound heads, puckered leaves sweet and mild.


Common pests and diseases

  • Cabbage worm 
  • Cabbage looper
  • Flea beetle
  • Club root
  • Cabbage yellows

This publication was created by Master Gardeners Rick Judd and Gail Hermenau. Photos courtesy of Gail Hermenau.

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