Cabbage Varieties to Grow in Your Garden

There are over 400 different varieties of cabbage which you can grow in your garden.  Surprising, when we have always thought there are only green ones.

So considering this, which variety should you grow in your backyard?  What should be your basis in choosing?

Cabbages are easy to grow, but you have to use the right cabbage cultivar for the right season.  This crop is classified not just according to their color or shape, but also to when they are harvested.

For instance, spring cabbage is harvested in the spring, summer cabbage in summer, and winter cabbage during the winter season.  Quite easy to remember, so you’d know which variety to plant for a specific season.

There are also hundreds of cultivars that fall under each of these cabbage varieties.  Here are some of the commonly grown varieties you might want to try growing yourself:

Jumbo – is a late variety that takes about 105 days to mature from plant setting.  It has a flat, rounded top and what’s more great about this variety is that it keeps all throughout winter.

Showoff – this cultivar of cabbage literally shows-off its size – giants that weigh 12 to 16 pounds of cabbage heads.  It’s another late variety that is harvested in 120 days.

Earliana – has light green outer leaves, but creamy white inner leaves.  It weighs an average of two pounds and has a great flavor.  It can be harvested 60 days after being transplanted.

King Slaw – is a large cabbage variety that can be harvested 105 days from being sown as seeds.  Its outer leaves have a blue-green color with a mild flavor.

Orient Express – is a Chinese cabbage cultivar that has a dense center with a slightly sweet, peppery taste.  This cabbage type matures 45 days from seed.

Two Seasons – is another Chinese cabbage variety that has an elongated shape with a dense center the color of cream.  It has a sweet, tangy flavor and can be harvested 65 days after being transplanted.

If you would like to have fresh cabbage throughout the year, the key is to grow a combination of both the late and early varieties.

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