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Brassica oleracea (Cabbage)

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Plant description

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The cabbage is a compact growing plant that is really a tight ball of leaves that is harvested before it shoots up an elongated stem with flowers. It can be grown successfully over a wide range of climates but it is generally best to grow it between through autumn and winter. Sow the seed either in punnets or directly into the garden, but in both cases ensure the plants end up 40-50cm apart in their final position in the garden. They require plenty of water and can be fed with well rotted manure or a complete fertiliser that can be either solid or liquid. Watch for cabbage white butterfly whose caterpillars will eat holes in the leaves. Use the completely non-toxic bacterial spray Dipel if the damage gets too serious. You can create new plantings every month from late summer to winter.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white
Flowering season: winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres

Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: 0.3 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: No.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Pests

caterpillars from cabbage white butterfly

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Late summer to winter.

Types of fertiliser: General purpose.

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