Brassica oleracea capitata 'Sugarloaf'
Cabbage , Kool (Afr.)
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Cabbages belong to the Mustard family that include broccoli, cauliflowers, kale and brussel sprouts. 'Sugarloaf' cabbages are a compact and cone-shaped cultivar, but new cultivars are often released with improved yields, size or quiker harvest times. Sugarloaf is a low maintenance plant, normally easy to grow and great for beginner gardeners. They require plenty of water and a lot of nutrients but otherwise they can be left alone, as long as you keep and eye out for pests.
Cabbage heads are ready to harvest within 3-4 months after sowing. Harvest heads when they are firm and small.
Sow seeds directly or indoors in summer or winter, 6-7 mm deep and 45-60 cm apart. Germination takes 6-14 days. Transplant seedlings once they have developed 2-4 leaves.
Sugarloaf is a heavy feeder and needs plenty of nutrients. Do not replant in the same soil, but rotate with another group of vegetables like rootcrop/N-fixer/light feeder.
Soil PH preference
Cabagges are high in Vitamin K and C as well as dietery fibre.
The leaves are edible and sweet. They can be cooked or served raw in salads.
Cutworms, cabbage loopers, cabbage worms, yellow virus, clubroot fungus and black rot.
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