Cabbage 'Red Drumhead'
Common Name: Cabbage
Cultivar: 'Red Drumhead'
Category: Fruit & Vegetables
|Hardiness: Half-Hardy||Height: 0.40 m (40 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 0.40 m (40 cm)|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained
Sow Spacing: 5.0 cm
Harvest: August & October
Months to Sow Inside: March & April
Months to Sow Ouside: July
This is among the most reliable of red cabbages to grow, producing generous-sized round heads with minimum fuss every time. A good-looking cabbage with deep burgundy-purple leaves tightly-wrapped around the solid central heart and few outer leaves to be wasted. The flavour is rich and hearty: braise slowly with apples and raisins for a sublime winter warmer. Red cabbage will also keep for months, shredded finely and pickled in wine vinegar with a little pepper and ginger added.
- Growing Instructions:Early sowings can be made into pots or seed trays under cover: pot on as the seedlings grow. Or sow later in spring into shallow drills in a well-prepared seedbed thinning seedlings to 5cm apart. When plants each 15cm tall transplant to where they are to grow spacing about 45cm apart and firming in well. Protect from slugs and net against pigeons.
- Sow: March-April and July
- Harvest: Spring sowings: early August; summer sowings: October