Golden Cross Cabbage -

(Brassica oleracea var. capitata 'Golden Cross')

Vegetables


Other Common Names: Cabbage
Family: Brassicaceae Genus: Brassica Species: oleracea var. capitata Cultivar: 'Golden Cross'
Golden Cross Cabbage
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Plant Type: Vegetable

Sun Exposure: Full / Mostly Sun

Soil Type: Loam

Soil Drainage: Well Drained

Water Needs: Average

Level of Care: Average

Growth Rates: Moderate

Foliage Color: Medium Green

Average Width: .5' to 1', 1' to 2'

Average Height: 0' to 1'

Season of Color: Fall Foliage, Spring Foliage, Winter Foliage

Theme Gardens: Cottage, Vegetable

Culinary Usages: Casseroles, Vegetable Dishes

Fruit Maturity: 8 Weeks

Soil pH: 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Golden Cross Cabbage produces very flavorful heads of cabbage and is one of the earliest maturing cabbages around; maturing in as few as 40 days!

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Planting
Set out spring cabbage plants early enough so that they can mature before the heat of summer, about 4 weeks before the last frost date in your area. New transplants just out of a greenhouse need to be protected from freezing weather. Plant fall cabbage 6 to 8 weeks before the first frost. Growing plants that have been exposed to cool weather become “hardened” and are tolerant of frost. Cabbage that matures in cool weather is deliciously sweet. Cabbage needs at least 6 hours or more of full sun each day. It also likes fertile, well-drained, moist soil with plenty of organic matter. The soil pH should be between 6.5 and 6.8 for optimum growth and to discourage clubroot disease.

To be sure about your soil pH you can get the soil tested through your local Cooperative Extension Office or test it yourself with a soil pH test kit purchased from your local nursery and garden center. If necessary, apply fertilizer and lime using the results of the soil test as a guide.

In the absence of a soil test, add nitrogen-rich amendments such as blood meal, cottonseed meal, or composted manure to the soil or work a timed-release vegetable food into the soil before planting.

When planting cabbage, set plants deeply so that about half of the main stem is buried. Space about 12 to 18 inches apart.; further is better to allow plants room to grow.

Cabbage needs even moisture to produce good heads. Mulch with compost, finely ground leaves, or finely ground bark to keep the soil cool and moist and to keep down weeds. Water regularly, applying 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week if it doesn’t rain.

Depending on your location, planting dates will vary. Start by trying spring and fall planting dates recommended by your local nursery and garden center or your local extension service. Cabbage is a cool-season crop and will not fare well in mid-summer heat in hotter zones.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Feeding
What type of fertilizer you feed your cabbage with with determine how you fertilize them. At planting time, I always add nitrogen-rich amendments such as blood meal, cottonseed meal, or composted manure to the soil, or you can work a timed-release vegetable food into the soil. If you are not using time release fertilizer, fertilize again when heads begin to form.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Pruning
When the head of cabbage feels firm, cut the head from the base of the plant. If a head cracks cut it right away.

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Gardenality.com · Gardenality Genius · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F · Comment About Problems
The main insect pests include cabbage loopers, slugs, imported cabbageworms, cabbage root maggots, aphids, and flea beetles. Disease problems include black leg, black rot, clubroot, and yellows. To prevent diseases from building up in the soil, avoid planting cabbage or other cole crops in the same spot each year. Rotate with a non-cole crop for 2 years before returning to the same spot.

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