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Growing Cabbage

Growing Cabbage

Danish Ballhead Cabbage



Cabbage is a popular, easy-to-grow cool season crucifer available in several forms. Standard cabbage produces round to pointed heads and varieties may have smooth or wrinkled leaves in green or purple colors. It is used fresh in salads and coleslaw, cooked, and fermented to make sauerkraut. Chinese Cabbage has an elongated, upright habit. It is eaten raw and used in Oriental cooking and stir fry dishes.

How To Grow

Both standard and Chinese varieties can be sown directly in the garden in spring up to 4 weeks before the last expected frost or indoors 6 to 8 weeks earlier. Cover seed with ¼ inch of soil. Set transplants in the garden an inch or two deeper than when growing in pots. A late planting can be made in mid summer from seed or transplants to produce a fall crop. Planting varieties with different maturity dates provides an extended harvest. Space standard Cabbage plants 1 to 2 feet apart with 2 to 3 feet between rows and Chinese Cabbage 10 to 12 inches apart with 18 inches between rows. Cabbage stores well when kept in a moist, cool (32 to 40 °F) place.


For full sun in evenly moist, well-drained soil. Plants are shallow-rooted and benefit from an organic mulch. Ensure the soil is kept consistently moist, as irregular moisture levels can cause heads to crack and split. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

Cabbage is a heavy feeder that benefits from regular fertilization. Use full rates of ALGOplus All Purpose 6-6-6 liquid fertilizer or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1

Common Problems

Usually free of serious problems. Aphids, cabbage maggots, diamondback moths, imported cabbageworms, cabbage loopers, cutworms, harlequin bugs, snails, and slugs may attack plants. Diseases like downy mildew, club root, and fusarium wilt are occasionally problems.

Alternative Products

Other cold-tolerant vegetables in the mustard family are Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and Kale

Complimentary Products

Other leafy vegetables are Endive, Lettuce, and Corn Salad (Mache).

Product Recommendations

Use Thuricide to naturally control caterpillars pests like imported cabbageworm. Actinovate can be used to naturally protect plants from disease infection.

Cabbage Facts

Cabbage has been grown for at least 3,000 years and is an important staple crop in most of the world. 


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