Cabbage 'Red Acre'

Brassica oleracea capitata 'Red Acre'

Red Cabbage, Rooikool (Afr.)

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

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

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.

Special features

Origin

Mediterranean

Natural climate

Cool season

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

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.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Brassicaceae

Scent

None

Problems

Generally disease and pest resistant, but could be bothered by cutworms, cabbage loopers, imported cabbage worms, yellow virus, clubroot fungus, and black rot.

Related Problems

Companion plants

Onions, leeks, spring onions, celery, cucumber, potatoes, dill, sage, rosemary, borage
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