Cabbage-QR - Manning's Greenhouse

Go to content
The Cabbage

Cabbage, known scientifically as Brassica oleracea var. capitata, has a rich and diverse history dating back thousands of years. Originating in the Mediterranean region, it has been cultivated since ancient times by civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans. Over centuries, cabbage has spread across the globe, becoming a staple in cuisines worldwide. Its resilience and adaptability have contributed to its widespread popularity.

Cultivating cabbage requires attention to several key practices to ensure optimal growth and yield. Firstly, it thrives in cool, moist climates with well-draining soil rich in organic matter. The planting process typically begins indoors, where seeds are sown in trays or pots around six to eight weeks before the last frost date. Once seedlings have developed a few true leaves, they can be transplanted into the garden. Spacing between plants should be around 12-18 inches apart, allowing ample room for growth. Cabbage plants benefit from consistent watering, ensuring the soil remains evenly moist but not waterlogged. Mulching around the base of the plants helps retain moisture and suppress weeds. Additionally, fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer high in nitrogen promotes healthy leaf growth. Regular monitoring for pests such as cabbage worms and aphids is essential, with organic methods like companion planting or manual removal often preferred. Finally, harvesting cabbage heads should be done when they reach desired size and firmness, typically around 70-90 days after transplanting.
Scientific Name - Brassica oleracea var. capitata

Best planting and gardening practices for cabbage:
  • Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date
  • Transplant seedlings into well-draining, nutrient-rich soil
  • Space plants 12-18 inches apart to allow for growth
  • Provide consistent moisture through regular watering
  • Apply mulch around plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds
  • Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer high in nitrogen
  • Monitor for pests regularly and employ organic pest control methods
  • Harvest cabbage heads when they reach desired size and firmness, typically 70-90 days after transplanting.
Back to content