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Cabbage 'Red Acre'

Brassica oleracea capitata 'Red Acre'

Also known as

Red Cabbage, Rooikool (Afr.)

Photo by emjemz (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

    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'

    Seed

    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'

    Crop rotation

    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'

    Culinary

    Medicinal

    Cabbages have vitamin C and K as well as dietary fiber.

    Edible

    The leaves are edible and are great for coleslaw, salads, stir fry, and cooking.