Red Acre Cabbage
Seed Count: Approx. 300 seeds
Days to Maturity: 75 Days
Description: Red Acre cabbage is a bright red-purple stunning beauty that adds vivid color not only to your garden, but to your table, as well. This cabbage is so stunning that I grow it in my front yard garden (I have yet to have my HOA complain about it). Its one of the best early maturing cabbages to grow in a home garden. The early forming, solid, 6-7 inch heads are crisp, tender, and sweet, with exceptional taste. It's great for raw eating, and it's my favorite cabbage to make lime cabbage slaw with, for my tacos. The heads form uniformly, and can weigh up to 4 pounds. Red Acre cabbage has good resistance to splitting and cabbage yellowing, and it's the only cabbage I've gotten to successfully head in my South Florida garden, during our more mild "winter" months. They're compact for cabbages, and I've been able to grow them in containers. Red Acre also stores exceptional well, for an early maturing cabbage. Don't forget to try this cabbage as micro-greens, since they add a beautiful pop of color to any dish!
Mint2Grow Tip: If you wish to grow this cabbage in South Florida, like I did, you should start your seeds early November-December. My cabbages were able to grow and head before the temperatures got too hot again. Since this variety matures early, it wasn't an issue. I fed it with fish emulsion, once a month, and it sized up pretty quickly. Cabbage worms bothered this variety less, which was an added bonus for me because they ended up decimating my Napa cabbages.
How To Grow
Sowing: For a summer crop, start your cabbage seeds 8-12 weeks before your last spring frost. Sow your seeds about a 1/2 inch deep, in rich soil 2 inches apart. 4 weeks before your last frost, plant your seedlings outside,12-18 inches apart in rows 3-4 feet apart. Make sure to bury the stems about half way up, in order to ensure that they have a strong base, while forming their heavy cabbage heads. For a fall crop, direct sow, or transplant your seedlings mid summer. This plant is ideal for raised bed,, but can be grown in containers and grow bags, if they are at least 12 inches wide and deep.
Growing: Cabbages need regular, even watering to avoid splitting. They also need a good composting or fertilizing routine, at least once a month, to form heads quickly. I feed mine fish emulsion at least once a month. Companion plant with dill, rosemary, sage, thyme, chamomile, potatoes, celery, beets, onions, mint, and nasturtiums. Aromatic herbs help to repel those destructive cabbage moths. Cabbages will over winter in most areas. In fact, plants in the brassica family are more tender, sweeter, and delicious after a frost. However, if you're expecting extreme temperatures, mulch may be needed.
Harvesting: As cabbages grow, you can harvest some of its outter leaves. Cabbage heads are ready to harvest once their heads feel firm, and reach their appropriate size. Red Acre cabbage heads stay very tender, even when stored for winter use. To save seeds, allow the plant to flower and go to seed (they will bolt once warmer temperatures approach). After the pods dry and the seeds inside are dark brown, remove them from the plant, and dry them completely indoors. Clean off as much chaff as possible, then store the seeds in a cool, dry place. Store seeds for up to 5 years.