Pest management: Cabbage cultural tips, pests, and diseases
When to plant: Transplant: Feb–Apr, Aug–Sept (maybe Oct)
- Harvest as soon as they reach maturity (the head is firm and has reached an acceptable size).
- Leaving them in the garden too long may result in bolting or split heads.
- Similar to other cole crops such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower: make sure there is enough nitrogen for growth.
- Michigan State Extension information on growing cabbage
Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*
|Early Jersey Wakefield, OP||Heirloom variety with 2–3 lb pointed heads that are solid, sweet, crisp and delicious. Compact plants can grow closer together. 12–15" tall. Plant 24–30" apart|
|Mammoth Red Rock, OP||Heirloom variety with crisp, deep purple-red heads, fine flavor. 5-lb heads, 8–10" across. 12–15" tall. Plant 24–30" apart|
|Pixie, Hybrid||Fast growing baby cabbage is just 5" across. Sweet and crisp. Plant 10" apart|
Other recommended varieties: Copenhagen Market, Earliana, Golden Acre, Ruby Ball Hybrid
* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.