Savoy cabbage and kale are delicious vegetables that make for easy growing.
White, Kale, Savoy cabbage facts
Name – Brassica oleracea (white), Brassica sabellica (kale), Brassica oleracea var. sabauda (Savoy)
Family – brassicas
Type – biennial vegetable
Exposure – full sun
Soil – cool, deep, moist and rich
Harvest – July to February depending on the variety
Special care, from sowing and planting up to harvest, will help you get magnificent cabbage.
Sowing, planting cabbage
White cabbage, kale, or Savoy cabbage
Sow savoy cabbage at the end of winter or at the beginning of spring in a nursery.
Kale is less hardy than its brother white cabbage, and its life cycle is generally a bit longer.
- 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.
After sowing, how to care for kale, white and Savoy cabbage
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 kale or Savoy cabbage
Harvesting 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.
Parasites and diseases that attack Savoy cabbage
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 the leaves.
- Read our advice on how to treat downy mildew.
Smart tip about white cabbage, kale and Savoy cabbage
Provide your cabbage with extra nutrients (fertilizer, manure and seaweed-based compost) to boost growth and especially enhance your own harvest!
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Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Single savoy cabbage by Markus Distelrath under Pixabay license
Two savoy cabbage heads by Wolfgang Eckert under Pixabay license