Cabbage - Red Acre
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- Category: Vegetable
- Type: Cabbage
- Variety: Red Acre
- Family: Brassica
- Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea
- Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
- Growing Difficulty: 4
- Soil PH: 6.0 to 7.5
- Fertilizer Requirements: Nitrogen
- Soil Type: Rich, Moist, Well-Draining
- Germination (days): 7 to 10
- Soil Temp for Germination: 65-75°F
- Lighting Conditions: Full Sun
- Days to Maturity: 70 – 75
- Planting Depth: 1/2”
- Distance Apart (in row): 18"
- Row Spacing: 18-36"
(SEE STARTING INDOORS)
8-12 WEEKS BEFORE DANGER OF LAST FROST
Typically, red cabbages are often sown in February to mid-April (indoors) to be transplanted from April to early June.
Red cabbage can grow alright in shade but prefer a nice sunny spot. Avoid planting in an area where the soil dries out rapidly or becomes waterlogged with little drainage.
The best growing condition is in a well-drained and loosened soil (about 8-10" deep) with a layer of mulch to keep moisture in.
Red Acre cabbage is the one most often chosen by those with smaller backyard gardens. This type of cabbage is resistant to yellowing and stores better than almost any other cabbage. Great raw, in slaw or stir-fried.
Cabbage yields can be harvested at any point after the heads form. If you are starving and the head is only 3 inches, you are fine to go ahead and eat it. However, the best results are when the cabbage is just firm to hand pressure. Do not let them stay this way for long, they will crack and split.
Cabbage, and anything else in the cabbage family (Brussels Sprouts) is Biennial. This means, you will have to wait until next spring to harvest your seeds.
Grow your cabbage varieties in separate growing seasons, otherwise you may wind up with a mutant.
Set aside a portion of your cabbage crop to over-winter and pick the dried seed pods from the shoots next spring. Dry the pods for a few weeks and store properly for an alternating growing season if you are using different types of cabbage.