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By: Teo Spengler
If you want to plant vegetablesthat survive the winter chill, take a lingering look at January King wintercabbage. This beautiful semi-savoy cabbage has been a garden classic forhundreds of years in England and is a favorite in this country as well.
January King cabbage plants survive winter’s worst,including hard freezes and snowfall, to provide purple cabbage heads inJanuary. Read on for information on growing January King and tips for cabbageuses.
January King Winter Cabbage
When you are growing January King cabbage plants, you aregrowing the best cabbage in its class. These vigorous heirloomplants produce gorgeous cabbage heads with pale green inner leaves andouter leaves in deep purple tinged slightly with green.
The cabbages weigh around 3 to 5 pounds (1-2 kg.) and arewell filled, slightly flattened globes. Expect a harvest in January orFebruary. In some years, the harvest extends into March.
Fans call these plants indestructible because the cabbagessurvive anything winter can throw at them. They sail through temperaturesapproaching zero, don’t blink at a hard freeze, and offer a delightfully strongcabbage flavor.
Growing January King Cabbages
If you want to start growingthese cabbages, you’ll need to act quickly. The cabbages need almost twicethe grow time in winter as in summer, some 200 days from planting to maturity.
This may make you wonder just when to plant January Kingcabbage? July is probably the best month for planting. While growing thisvariety will occupy chunks of your garden for quite a few months, manygardeners find it well worth the effort to pickfresh cabbage from the garden in January.
January King Cabbage Uses
The uses for this cabbage variety are virtually unlimited.This is a culinary cabbage with a wonderfully powerful flavor. It works well inthick soups, perfect for eating in January and February. They also do well incasseroles and any dish that calls for cabbage. If you like stuffed cabbage,this is definitely the one for you. It’s also great raw in cold slaws.
You can also collect seeds from January King cabbage. Justwait until the seed stalks are dry, then collect and place them on a tarp. Walkall over them to thresh out the seeds.
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When to Harvest Cabbage from Your Vegetable Garden
Just like many other people who are new in planting cabbage, you might be wondering the best time to harvest your garbage. Do you have to wait some more time or can you harvest it today? Actually, different variety of cabbages is determining the harvesting time of your cabbage. But there is criteria that helps you see if your cabbages are ready or not. Here are some of them.
1. How long have you planted your cabbage
Some types of cabbages will be ready to be harvested after 140 days. Those types need 80 days to grow from seed, also 60 days to be ready after the transplanting. Some other cabbage types can be harvested after 285 days.
These types are going to need 180 days to grow from seed. The other types of cabbage let you harvest them in just 105 days after you transplant them. You must first understand the approximate harvest time, especially per every cultivar.
2. Checking the physical condition of your cabbage
Next step is walking into the garden patch. Watch your cabbage and look at your cabbage closely. You’ll need to consult the information of seed packet about the specific cultivar to know the right harvesting time. Your mature cabbage should have dark green color for the outer leaves. Inner leaves of your mature cabbage should have light green color.
3. Best texture of ready to harvest cabbages
When to harvest cabbage in different type? Some cabbages allow you to harvest them as soon as their head grows to softball size and become compact. Some other cabbage types become mature when the size is getting close to soccer ball’s size.
Also try to feel the head of your cabbage. Squeeze to feel it. Make sure that the cabbage you touch is totally firm. Soft cabbage means you must wait longer.
4. Watch your cabbage leaves to know your veggies’ maturity
Check out the leaves of your cabbage. Your cabbage is at the best harvesting time if the leaves start cracking. Check leaves that tightly adhere to your big cabbage. If those leaves start splitting apart, you can start harvesting them now.
5. Consider the rain
So you believe that your cabbage needs some more days before the harvest time. But the forecast told you there’ll be rain in few days, harvest your cabbage right now. Overwatering and excessive rain will split your cabbage heads.