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Savoy Cabbage

Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group) 'Savoy Cabbages'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

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This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of a green wrinkly leaved Savoy cabbage
A close up of the sliced in half wrinkly leaved green and white Savoy cabbage

Savoy Cabbage Overview

The Savoy cabbage is a hardy cool-weather vegetable that has been grown since the 1500’s for its soft texture and mild flavour. Its distinctive multi-hued blue-green crinkled leaves and frost hardiness, sets it apart from other cabbage varieties, and is a common sight in vegetable gardens. It can be eaten raw in a salad, boiled in a stew or cured in brine as sauerkraut.

Common problems with Savoy Cabbage

Pests: Cutworms, cabbage loopers (preceded by small yellow and white moths), slugs, aphids and flea beetles. Handpick pests or spray plants with bacillus thuringiensis. Diseases: Yellow virus, clubroot fungus, and black rot may infect cabbage. Black rot, can survive in the soil for up to 3 years. Remove and destroy diseased plants immediately. To prevent diseases from building up in the soil, avoid planting cabbage or other cole crops in the same spot each year. Rotate with a non-cole crop for 2 years before returning to the same spot.

    How to harvest Savoy Cabbage

    The Savoy cabbage comes to harvest in 75 – 85 days. The cabbage head will be ready to harvest when they are firm and feel solid to the touch. Immediately harvest any heads that crack or split. Cut heads from the base of the plant. Harvest before the weather becomes too warm. If heads are cut leaving some leaves behind attached to the stem, small heads will grow from the stalks for a later harvest. Use Savoy cabbage within a few days of harvest. Cabbage can be kept in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

    How to propagate Savoy Cabbage


    Planting time depend on climate Cool-summer regions: Late spring. Mild-winter regions: Late summer or autumn. Space the seedlings 45-60cm apart in rows 60-90cm apart. Keep ground moist after planting.

    Special features of Savoy Cabbage

    Pot plant

    The Savoy cabbage grows easily in containers. The container needs to be at least 20cm deep, and allow for a cabbage to grow to 30cm in diameter.

    Crop rotation

    Grow Brassicas (Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohl-rabi, Oriental Greens, radish, Swede and Turnips) in areas that previously held Legumes and follow with Potatoes. Rotating crops annually helps avoid the build-up of soil pests and diseases.

    Other uses of Savoy Cabbage


    The leafy cabbage heads can be used raw in salad, boiled for stews or cured in brine as sauerkraut. The Savoy cabbage has a mild flavour and delicate texture, making it a good raw vegetable choice.