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Cabbage 'Sugarloaf'

Brassica oleracea capitata 'Sugarloaf'

Cabbages belong to the Mustard family that include broccoli, cauliflowers, kale and brussel sprouts. 'Sugarloaf' cabbages are a compact and cone-shaped cultivar, but new cultivars are often released with improved yields, size or quiker harvest times. Sugarloaf is a low maintenance plant, normally easy to grow and great for beginner gardeners. They require plenty of water and a lot of nutrients but otherwise they can be left alone, as long as you keep and eye out for pests.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Spring, Autumn

Harvesting

Cabbage heads are ready to harvest within 3-4 months after sowing. Harvest heads when they are firm and small.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds directly or indoors in summer or winter, 6-7 mm deep and 45-60 cm apart. Germination takes 6-14 days. Transplant seedlings once they have developed 2-4 leaves.

Special features

Crop rotation
Sugarloaf is a heavy feeder and needs plenty of nutrients. Do not replant in the same soil, but rotate with another group of vegetables like rootcrop/N-fixer/light feeder.

Geography

Origin
Australia
Natural climate
Cool season

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Cabagges are high in Vitamin K and C as well as dietery fibre.
Edible
The leaves are edible and sweet. They can be cooked or served raw in salads.
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Brassicaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

Cutworms, cabbage loopers, cabbage worms, yellow virus, clubroot fungus and black rot.
Large cabbage white butterfly
Large cabbage white butterfly
Pieris brassicae

Companion plants

Onions, leeks, spring onions, celery, cucumber, potatoes, dill, sage, rosemary, borage

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