Cabbage (Spring Red) Growing Guide

Brassica oleracea

Cabbage (Spring Red)

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in prior to planting.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Should tolerate moderate frost.


Drench every two weeks with an organic liquid fertilizer.


Single Plants: 2' 5" (75cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1' 11" (60cm) with 2' 11" (90cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow late summer to move to final positions in fall to be over-wintered and ready for spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Try growing different varieties from seed to explore differences in leaf color and type. Most early-maturing cabbage varieties produce smallish heads.


Cut heads when they reach the size you prefer. Small secondary heads often grow from the base of early cabbage plants after the primary head is cut.


Watch for green imported cabbageworms, the larvae of the cabbage white butterfly. Exclude the adults with row covers.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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