Cabbage (Summer) Growing Guide

Brassica oleracea

Cabbage (Summer)

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant



Not required if good soil.


Single Plants: 50cm (1' 7") each way (minimum)
Rows: 45cm (1' 5") with 55cm (1' 9") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow under cover in late winter to plant out in early spring. Or sow direct into ground from mid spring onwards.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Surround stem with a 10cm (4 inch) mat with a slit cut into it for the stem to prevent cabbage root fly from destroying the roots. Use fine mesh or fleece over the summer to prevent butterflies laying eggs on the underside of leaves - caterpillars can destroy these plants.


Harvest from early spring to early summer.


Heavy summer rains following dry weather can cause heads to split.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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