Quick Start Cabbage (F1 Hybrid 55 Days)
This extra early maturing ball head type cabbage grows vigorously. You will notice the changes each day as it begins to head up and create a 3 pound ball. The heads are held close to the ground on a short stalk and can be planted densely. Quick Start Cabbage is highly resistant to yellows and tastes great.
Germination: 7-12 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-85ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/4” deep
Starting Indoors: 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer, diluted to ¼ of the suggested measurement. Transplant a week or two before the last frost. Sow in late spring to transplant out for fall crops.
Sowing Outdoors: In spring when soil temperature reaches at least 60ºF. Sow 2-3 seeds every 15-18” apart for small headed varieties, 24-36” for large headed varieties. Thin to the strongest seedling per space. Sow in early summer for fall crops. Germination is slower at lower soil temperatures.
How much does a packet plant: 15-20 foot single row
Harvest: If the heads feel solid by pushing on them lightly they are ready to harvest. Harvest as soon as possible for early varieties to prevent splitting. Later maturing storage varieties will hold longer.
Tips: A heavy feeder. Quick Start Cabbage needs to grow in fertile soil, rich in organic matter. Amend with compost if the soil is not fertile. Provide adequate, even moisture for optimum growth. Mulching helps retain moisture.