Intro: Cabbage, which can grow from 2 to 4 feet tall, is a large plant that does well in containers. It is grown for its juvenile inner leaves that can be eaten raw or cooked. It is a low-calorie food and a good source of riboflavin and vitamin C. It needs a large container, especially if you want to include other plants in the pot. Cabbage is a good companion plant with celery, dill, garlic, mint, rosemary, onions, peas, potatoes and thyme.
Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea var. capitata
Plant Type: Annual leafy green vegetable
Light: Part shade to full sun
Water: Keep the soil constantly moist but not soggy
Zone: This is a crop that grows best when daytime temperatures are usually about 60 degrees.
Fertilizer: Fertilize every week with a balanced fertilizer. It does best when given boron, calcium and magnesium.
Pests and Diseases: A lot of pests and diseases can ravage your cabbage plants. Pests include cabbage worms, cabbage loopers, midges, flies, aphids and many more. Diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses.
Propagation: Propagate by seed. Seeds, which germinate within four to seven days, can be started indoors in April and transplanted after about a month of indoor growth.
Misc. Info: It takes about 95 days for cabbage to reach maturity. Harvest your cabbage when it is firm and before the heads split.