Cabbage 'Red Acre'
Brassica oleracea capitata 'Red Acre'
Also known as
Red Cabbage, Rooikool (Afr.)
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This plant has no fragrance
Cabbage 'Red Acre' Overview
Cabbages belong to the Mustard family that include broccoli, cauliflowers, kale and brussel sprouts. Red Acre is an easy to grow, low-maintenance plant that produces large globe-shaped heads of red to purple cabbages.This delicious variety adds pops of beautiful color to any vegetable garden. They are also great for small gardens as they take up less space than other varieties. Cabbages prefer cold climates and thrive during winter.
Common problems with Cabbage 'Red Acre'
Generally disease and pest resistant, but could be bothered by cutworms, cabbage loopers, imported cabbage worms, yellow virus, clubroot fungus, and black rot.
Cabbage 'Red Acre' Companion Plants
Onions, leeks, spring onions, celery, cucumber, potatoes, dill, sage, rosemary, borage
How to harvest Cabbage 'Red Acre'
Cabbage heads are ready to harvest within 3-4 months after sowing and should feel firm to the touch. Cut cabbage when the base of the head is 10-25 cm across, leaving out leaves behind attached to the stem. Small heads will grow from the stalks for later harvest.
How to propagate Cabbage 'Red Acre'
Sow seeds in Spring or Autumn, 45-60 cm apart, 6-7 mm deep. Germination takes 10-14 days. Start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before spring and transplant once they are 7-10 cm tall or sow directly.
Special features of Cabbage 'Red Acre'
Red Acre is a heavy feeder and needs a moderate amount of nutrients. Plant thus after a light feeder and follow with a N-fixer like beans or peas.
Other uses of Cabbage 'Red Acre'
Cabbages have vitamin C and K as well as dietary fiber.
The leaves are edible and are great for coleslaw, salads, stir fry, and cooking.