|Brassica oleracea var. sabauda
|The Mustard Family - Brassicaceae
|Days to maturity:
SowingSow thinly indoors or in a hotbed, about 1cm deep, 4-6 weeks before setting out the plants as planned! The seeds want warmth when germinating, preferably just above 20°C. After sprouting they should be in a light, cool and airy place to avoid lankiness and attacks by root-neck rot but not lower than 14°C for any length of time. Low temperature increases the risk of bolters a lot. Temper the plants gradually before setting them, when the risk of frost is just about over. Most kinds of cabbage can handle a night of light frost. Set out the seedlings a little deeper and tread down the soil preventing the cabbage flies laying their eggs. Many early sorts can be sown directly as soon as the soil has warmed up. Do not allow the sowing to dry out and look out for the flea-beetles.
SpacingKeep a mutual distance of 5 cm when growing seedlings. 30-40 cm between the plants and 50-70 cm between the rows.
HarvestThe Savoy cabbage can bear cold well without being damaged. It can even winter under the snow, but must thaw out completely before harvesting for storage. The Savoy cabbage keeps until early spring if hung root up in a ground cellar and it is a delicacy, lightly poached with butter and parsley.
Seed250-350 seeds/about 1g. About 8 g are needed for 1000 seedlings which is also enough when scattering the seeds in a hotbed of at least 1 m2. 4 g sows 100 m directly.
A portion contains about 50 seeds.