Cabbage 'Sugarloaf'

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn, Spring

Harvesting

Cabbage heads are ready to harvest within 3-4 months after sowing. Harvest heads when they are firm and small.

Propagation

Seed

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.

Special features

Crop rotation

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.

Special features

Origin

Australia

Natural climate

Cool season

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Cabagges are high in Vitamin K and C as well as dietery fibre.

Edible

The leaves are edible and sweet. They can be cooked or served raw in salads.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Brassicaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

Mild

Problems

Cutworms, cabbage loopers, 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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