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Growing Cabbage

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Cabbage in Australia - tropical regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 5°C and 18°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 50 - 75 cm apart
  • Harvest in 11-15 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Dwarf (bush) beans, beets, celery, cucumber, onions, marigold, nasturtium, rhubarb, aromatic herbs (sage, dill, chamomile, thyme)
  • Avoid growing close to: Climbing (pole) beans, tomato, peppers (chili, capsicum), eggplant (aubergine), strawberry, mustard, parsnip
  • Winter cabbage
    Winter cabbage

There are many varieties of cabbage.

Those which stand winter weather usually have darker leaves and a stronger flavour, e.g. Savoy Red cabbage is grown in a similar way to green varieties.

If you choose a selection of types you can have cabbage growing all year round in temperate zones.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Cabbage

Young spring cabbage can be chopped and added to salad greens.
Steaming preserves the goodness and flavour of cabbage.
Can also be used in stir-fry.
Red cabbage chopped and cooked with brown sugar, red wine, onions, vinegar and stock is served with boiled bacon or pork.

Your comments and tips

06 Mar 18, Elizabeth (Australia - temperate climate)
I live at Sussex Inlet on the south coast. Half hour drive past Nowra. When is the best time to plant seeds for Cabbage?
08 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You are temperate climate zone. Plant seeds now or seedlings April-June. Suggestion - plant seedlings if only doing a few at a time. It takes 4-5 weeks to get seeds to good seedling stage. NOT worth the hassle in my opinion. Same with broccoli and lettuce.
02 Oct 17, rhonda (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hello, I live in Nerriga near Braidwood, New South Wales and have had a failure with my cabbage and cauliflower crops. I grew them in a large igloo covered with cloth (with holes) and our temperature here goes to -7 Centigrade. My cabbages and cauliflowers grew lovely for a while then no hearts in the cabbages and no cauli in the cauliflowers. Only leaves. I gave them sea sol often and watered regularly. Not sure how much water they wanted. They did freeze a few times but went back to normal as the day progressed. Can you help for next time? Thankyou. Kind Regards, Rhonda Richards
31 Dec 17, Kevin Anderson (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello Rhonda. I have some suggestions: (i) patience (haha), (ii) think about the varieties of cabbages and caulies that might be suitable for your area (meaning choose quick growing varieties), (iii) plan your autumn planting and growing around your first frost and your spring planting around your last frost, (iv) buy a max/min thermometer for use in the poly tunnel, and (v) think about the effectiveness of a "double skin" poly tunnel. By suggestion (iii) above, I mean try to calculate how many weeks/months into autumn and winter you would like to keep growing your brassicas. Ditto for spring plantings. Hope that this helps. Kevin Tasmania
04 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live in a totally different climate to you. I'm having trouble growing savoy cabbage - probably planting too late and probably too rich a soil and too much water. I have savoy now, been growing for about 10 weeks or more and lots of leaves and little head. Same happened last year. The year before I had great Savoy. We have had very warm winters - in the last month temps have gone from 6-9 at night and mid 20's in the day to 14-18 at night and high 20's and even records of 34 last week in the day. I would suggest prepare your soil well - compost and fert or whatever you use and then plant the plants - don't fert again. Little plants need regular watering but when they become larger cut the watering back to each second or third day - I will have to remember to take my own advice next year.
21 Aug 17, Alex Little (Australia - temperate climate)
Why should you avoid growing beans next to cabbages?
22 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Website - sustainable gardening Australia says beans are good neighbors of cabbage. It also says don't grow beans next to beetroot - and I have that happening - all going good so far. Most to do with similar diseases etc. Read up about companion planting. Sometimes it works sometimes not.
20 May 17, Sandra Sidietigerqueen (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
When would be the right time to grow cabbges. In rockhampton QLD.
22 May 17, Giovanni (Australia - temperate climate)
June, July and August would be good months to plant cabbage seedlings in your area.
01 Apr 17, Kathi (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How well do Wombok cabbage (Chinese cabbage) grow in Sub tropical climate? Any special requirement?
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