Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Botanical name: Brassica oleracea capitata 'Red Acre'

The Red Acre Cabbage is a top notch variety of cabbage. This lovely cabbage variety produces stunning reddish-purple, globe shaped, heads that can add a striking beauty to your vegetable garden or a gorgeous color to meals.Each head reaches up 6 to 7 inches in diameter and typically weigh approximately 3 pounds. This flavorful cabbage variety is especially suited for use raw, cooked or in coleslaw and can add new life to otherwise dull meals due to its striking color and wonderful taste.

Red Acre Cabbage is resistant to cabbage yellowing and is especially suited for small gardens as it takes up less space than other cabbage varieties. In particular, this variety stores better than just about any other early cabbage variety available and the heads will hold up for a long period in the garden before splitting or bursting. Matures in 75 days

How to grow
Start indoors or in greenhouse in early spring. Cover seeds with 1/8 inch fine soil.
Transplant seedlings indoors after first pair of true leaves have developed. Space them 4 inches apart or pot them individually in 2 1/2 inch pots. Once plants us established, harden off and transplant outdoors after severe frost danger has passed.

Spacing: Space rows 2 to 3 feet apart depending on space available. Space plants 18 to 24 inches apart in the rows.

Germination: 7 to 10 days at 70 F indoors. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.