All Seasons Cabbage Guide
This old heirloom is an all-purpose variety producing nice, hard heads since 1886. Its heat resistance will ensure harvests of fine heads rounding 10” in diameter well into the warm season. You can’t go wrong tossing it with carrots, onions, and a dose of vinegar for a refreshing, tangy salad.
All Seasons cabbage grows best in cooler weather between 40°F-75°F. They do great in containers and gardens. Bank on Seeds recommends transplanting.
If Direct Seeding
- Direct seed outside 2 weeks after last frost date; or
- Direct seed into a container 8-12 inches deep and wide anytime of the year. It can be placed outside when the temperature is between 40°F-75°F; or
Begin the growing season early and start the cabbage seeds indoors in trays or pods 4-6 weeks before the last frost date; germination is best between 65°F-70°F. It can be transplanted outside 2 weeks after the last frost date.
Sow 2 seeds ¼ inch deep and 18 inches apart with rows spaced 24-36 inches apart. Germination will take 8-12 days.
Cabbages like well-draining, most soil rich with organic matter. Place in a spot where it can get full sun- it will tolerate partial shade, but the heads won’t grow as vigorously. Water consistently and evenly to deter the heads developing cracks or splits. Don’t let the soil dry between watering. Check the top 2-3 inches of soil and if dry, then water the cabbage. Once they reach maturity, cut back on watering as often (also to avoid cracks!)
Apply lots of well-aged compost, bloodmeal or general 10-10-10 fertilizer to improve leafy growth. Mulch can also be applied to regulate heat, retain moisture, and deter competing weeds.
All Seasons cabbage is full grown (mature) in 85-90 days. Cut evenly when the heads reach 10” in diameter. Cabbages harvested in cooler weather tend to be sweeter.
Aphids, Cutworms, cabbage looper and cabbage worms, flea beetles, slugs – handpick, neem oil, insecticidal soap, companion plant or spray with pesticide containing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)
Black rot, clubroot - do not water from overhead, keep free of weeds, ensure enough air circulation, cut off affected parts, fungicide, neem oil, rotate crop every 3 years
*Companion plant cabbages with dill, rosemary, beets, celery, and onions. Avoid planting with beans, tomatoes, and strawberries. *