Savoy cabbage is a delicious vegetable that make for easy growing.
Key Savoy cabbage facts
Soil: cool, deep, moist, rich – Harvest: July → February depending on variety
Special care, from sowing and planting up to harvest, will help you get magnificent cabbage.
- Health: health benefits of Savoy cabbage
Sowing, planting Savoy cabbage
Sow savoy cabbage at the end of winter or at the beginning of spring in a nursery.
- Sow as early as February/March in a nursery, sprinkling the seeds in a tray.
- You can also sow directly in the ground in March or April under a cold frame or a tunnel greenhouse.
- As soon as the first leaves appear, you can transplant them in the ground from March or April until August.
→ Tip: sync your planting with our Moon phase calendar
Savoy cabbage care
As soon as seedlings have sprouted at least 3 to 4 leaves, transplant them to their target location. Protect the seedlings if you need to plant them before the month of May.
- Space plants 20 inches (50 cm) apart when transplanting.
This space is needed to give the plants room to grow.
- The soil must have been well tilled beforehand.
- Water regularly but in a light drizzle to keep the substrate sufficiently moist.
Harvesting frizzly cabbage
Harvest dates for Savoy cabbage
It takes a few months for Savoy cabbage to grow, but this lead-time is greatly dependent on the variety.
Some varieties can be harvested 2 months after planting, whereas others need up to 7 months.
- Wait for the core to reach the size of a nice plump apple before harvesting your Savoy cabbage.
- The cabbage must have formed their heads before the first frost spells.
A tasty way to reward harvest helpers is to prepare delicious stuffed cabbage rolls… they’ll come back next year for sure!
Parasites and diseases
The main enemy of cabbage in general is downy mildew. Moisture is the primary factor that enables the spread of downy mildew.
- Avoid wetting the leaves.
- Don’t overcrowd plants so that air circulates well among leaves.
- Read our advice on how to treat downy mildew.