Vegetables and herbs Growing Guides
Growing calendar
Sow outdoors Jul - Aug
Plant out/transplant Sep - Oct
Harvest Mar - May

How to grow spring cabbage

Sow spring cabbage seed 0.5cm seed in pots or seedbed. Thin or transplant to 10x30cm apart, planting firmly. Choose fertile soil in a sunny site.

Earth up the plants in autumn bu pulling soil up around the stems and firm any cabbage plants loosened by wintry weather. Remove yellowing leaves.

Harvesting and using spring cabbage

Harvest spring cabbage by cutting when the plants have formed firm hearts. To continue your crop, cut crosses into the stumps 1cm deep and they will sprout edible leaves.

Tips for growing spring cabbage

  • Use cloches to advance growth in spring.
  • Slugs love cabbage so keep your young plants well protected.
  • When you thin out your cabbages, use any disgarded plants for tasty early leaves.
Growing notes
Difficulty Moderate
Germination time 7-12 days
Average time to harvest 32-40 weeks
Equipment needed Cloche (optional)
Average plant size 20-30cm tall and wide
Family group to grow with Brassica: eg cauliflower, broccoli
Seed saving notes 4 - biennial, needs isolation
Key nutritional content Vitamins A and C, folate