UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA


Garden Help > Vegetables

Photo: UC, by Evett Kilmartin
Photo: UC, by Evett Kilmartin

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Pest management: Cabbage cultural tips, pests, and diseases

The Basics

When to plant: Transplant: Feb–Apr, Aug–Sept (maybe Oct)

Harvest window

  • 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.

Care overview

  • Similar to other cole crops such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower: make sure there is enough nitrogen for growth.

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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.

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