Cabbage Growing – Frequently Asked Questions

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If you’re looking for a vegetable to add to your garden this year, why not try cabbage? Cabbage is a cool weather crop that you can plant in your garden. It’s a versatile vegetable that you can use in many different dishes.

This is a follow-up post to our earlier article, where we discussed how to successfully grow cabbage in your garden. If you haven’t read that already, here is a link to the post. We highly recommend you read that post.

This post here will answer a list of frequently asked questions about cabbage growing, so you can start growing cabbages in no time! If you’re thinking about growing cabbages, you will definitely find this post helpful.

Cabbage Growing FAQs

cabbage growing faqs

Why do cabbage heads split?

The main cause of head-splitting is that more water is entering the head than necessary. A healthy root system though is necessary for the survival of the plant sometimes too much growth of the root system can cause a huge amount of water supply to the head.

To prevent the split you can pull the plant a little bit to break some of its roots once the head becomes moderately firm. This will limit the water supply. If your plant roots are getting uneven water mulching might be a great way to solve this.

Can you get a second crop from an early cabbage plant?

Yes, getting a second head is possible. Once you got the primary solid one, cut carefully just beneath the head but leave the older leaves as it is. After some time, you will get one or smaller lateral heads (developed from axial buds of older leaves).

What are different cabbage cultivars?

There are many cultivars but these three are the most common.

  • White Cabbage: These are by far the most common types. They have pale green smooth leaves and are also called Dutch cabbage.
  • Savoy Cabbage: these have softer heads, crumpled leaves, and a rich flavor.
  • Red Cabbage: These have purple-colored small to medium size heads.

Why do butterflies fly around cabbage plants?

Cabbage worms lay eggs on the plants which hatch into worms and sometimes turned into butterflies. So to prevent it you need to control the worms. Try different organic pest controlling techniques discussed in this article.

How to protect your cabbage from cabbage moths

Why there are holes in my cabbage leaves?

This is also a pest attack. Worms chew the leaves of the cabbage plant leaving those occurred holes in the leaves. Try organic pest control to prevent this.

What causes the cabbage to develop seed stalks rather than solid heads?

Generally, cabbage will either head up or go to seed at some point in time. If the temperature falls below 45 degrees it will start growing seeds instead of forming heads. 55 to 65 degrees are the ideal temperature slab for growing heads.

Why there are swelling in my cabbage roots?

This is a disease caused by a fungus that remains in the soil. It is spread by moving infested soil and by infected transplants. To discourage the disease, add lime to raise the soil pH to 6.8.

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