Heidi Strawn
February 4, 2011

Size: 10 to 12 inches

Sunlight requirements: Full sun (A minimum of four to six hours is ideal.)

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Water requirements: About 1 inch per week—excessive water or delayed harvest may result in the heads splitting or cracking.

Soil requirements: Average, well-drained garden soil rich in organic matter. Optimum pH is 6.5.

When to plant: Transplant seedlings March through May so heads mature before hot weather arrives. Second plantings of autumn-maturing types can occur from late May through early July.

Where to plant: Garden (full-sized varieties); containers (miniature varieties)

When to harvest: 50 to 70 days after seeding, when heads are firm. Delayed harvest may result in splitting.

Produce storage: Store spring-grown cabbage for 4 to 8 weeks in the refrigerator. Store late-season varieties in very high humidity just above freezing for several months.

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