January King


January King


Ships January 2018
An heirloom cabbage from France which is the most beautiful of winter cabbages with it’s green head taking on a purplish coloration as winter progresses and it’s outer moderately savoyed leaves.  It is best planted in mid summer so that it matures before the heavy frost..  Very winter hardy, It can remain in the field providing harvests through winter.  Flanders Bay Farm on the south fork of Long Island was able to get a good seed crop from wintered over January King (the seed stalks are produced in early summer the next year.
115 days.       

(75 seeds)       10 ft row   

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A packet plants 15 ft row (150 seeds)

Cabbage seed can be planted directly into the garden around the last frost date (late April) or plant seeds indoors a few weeks earlier if you have a cool, sunny window and transplant to the garden in late April.  Cabbage often produces better in cool weather.  A mid summer planting will avoid flea beetles if that is a problem for you, and produce a nice cabbage crop for the fall.

Cabbage easily transplants when young and the plants can be placed in the ground a foot apart.  Cabbage requires a garden soil enriched with compost or organic fertilizer.   During the hot summer cabbage benefits from irrigation.  Those cabbages with maturity dates over 90 days are generally best planted in mid summer.

Freshly harvested cabbage from the garden is just better.  

Cabbage is a biennial and needs to vernalize for a cold period.   In spring the cabbage producesflower stalks from the stalk at the base of the head and in some cases the stalk splits through the head and produces pods.  When the pods swell with seed and begin to brown harvest them and allow them to dry.   On Long Island cabbage doesn’t always winter-over well in the field but will in the root cellar.  Cabbage will cross with other Brassica oleraceae species in flower at the same time.