Learn how to grow cabbage and which varieties are our favorites for cooking, storing and eating.
By Barbara Pleasant
The chart below includes a mix of open-pollinated (OP) and hybrid (F1) cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) varieties, which have a range of sizes and maturation times. Varieties marked with an asterisk can be grown at close spacing and produce softball-sized heads. More information on the types of cabbage and how to plant them can be found in All About Growing Cabbage.
|Green cabbage||You’ll need plenty of space to grow big heads.
Crowding reduces head size, but miniature varieties
such as ‘Gonzales’ fit in tight spaces in the garden
and the refrigerator.
‘Farao’* (F1), 63 days
‘Golden Acre’ (OP), 62 days
‘Gonzales’* (F1), 66 days
‘Kaitlin’ (F1), 94 days
|Red cabbage||These stunning red heads with white cores are
slightly more nutritious than green cabbage.
‘Red Express’* (OP), 62 days
‘Ruby Perfection’ (F1), 85 days
‘Super Red 80’* (F1), 80 days
|Savoy cabbage||Dramatic ruffled leaves surround a tender heart.
Fast-maturing varieties do well in spring, but
savoy cabbage tastes sweetest in fall.
‘Alcosa’* (F1), 70 days
‘Deadon’ (F1), 105 days
‘Des Vertus’ (OP), 95 days
‘Famosa’ (F1), 68 days
|Pointed cabbage||Small, elongated heads are surrounded by buttery
leaves with a crisp heart. Easy to grow and loads
of fun for the cook.
‘Caraflex’* (F1), 68 days
‘Early Jersey Wakefield’ (OP), 63 days
‘Filderkraut’ (OP), 95 days
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Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on Google+.