Heirloom. Introduced in the 1840’s, with tasty, 2-lb, sweet and flavorful, conical heads. This very early variety was sold commercially by Peter Henderson in the late 1860’s.
Cabbage – Early Jersey Wakefield – Brassica oleracea
Soil and Water: Cabbage prefers rich, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5. Water heavily from planting to head formation, then water moderately to prevent splitting.
Planting and Growing: Start indoors 8 weeks before last frost, or outdoors March through June. Cabbage prefers cool weather. Fast growing or stressed cabbages tend to split and bolt; cutting into the root system by transplanting will slow growth and prevent splitting. Provide transplants with cutworm shield collars.
Harvesting and Storage: Early types of cabbage grow and mature quickly and must be harvested promptly to avoid splitting. Heads store well in cool (32F-40F), moist locations for 5-6 months.
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