Sunday, January 5, 2014

Early Golden Acre Cabbage


Early Golden Acre is a pretty standard variety for cabbages. This plant takes a while to grow a head, especially in low light conditions. I grew this one in a 4 gallon container and it worked out. I was delinquent by not watering the plant for about 3 weeks while on vacation, so the plant looked pretty dead when I came back. Regardless, the head still weighed in just above 1/2 lb. I think a bigger container and more fertilizer/light would result in a larger head. The first one I harvested was size of a baseball.

Annual or Perennial?: Annual
Germination time: 3-7 days
Days until maturity: 60-70 days
Light requirements: Full Sun (6+ hours)
Plant size: Medium
Spacing: 12 inches
Temperature: Cool
Difficulty: Moderate
Traits: 
Companion plants: Avoid planting near tomatoes and strawberries
Special needs: Keep cabbage moths away from it.

When to plant: Transplant into the garden after the last frost or grow as a fall crop in warmer climates.

How to grow: The seed can be either directly sown or transplanted after about 6 weeks of growing indoors. If using containers, select one that is at least 4 gallons. Keep cabbage moths and other pests away to prevent the plant from being eaten.

How to harvest: Once a head has formed, use a knife to remove the head. If the base is still intact, a second, smaller head will grow.

Photos:

Seeds
Seedling
2 weeks old
4 weeks old
5 weeks old
6 weeks old
7 weeks old
9 weeks old
Harvested head
Interior Cabbage Head
Head interior





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