Updated: Oct 6, 2021
Hello, there friend! I am the cabbage, and you want to grow me? That is a very good idea. You see, I love to be eaten, and making sour krout is my favorite. If you give me some water in a bowl or pot with soil at the bottom, I will start growing quickly. When it's time for harvest, just cut off the leaves and put them in your jar of pickling spices (we like salt) and vinegar solution which helps preserve our deliciousness by keeping away harmful bacteria from spoiling us before we can get into your tummy! After you read this go out there and get me planted!
Cabbage is a vegetable that can be grown in pots or directly in the ground. It's an easy-to-grow plant, and it's versatile as well: cabbage can be eaten raw, cooked, pickled, or juiced! Cabbage is also super healthy for you – it has tons of vitamins and minerals. And did you know that cabbage soup helps your immune system? Read on for more growing tips about how to grow cabbage.
Pot Size Needed For Cabbage
It is important to have a pot size that has enough room for the cabbage to grow and be healthy. The cabbage needs space so it can get air circulation around the leaves. A good rule of thumb would be about 24 inches in diameter with at least 16 inches deep, or a container that will hold roughly one cubic foot of soil (or about three gallons).
Germinating Cabbage Seeds
The first step in growing cabbage is to germinate the seeds. To do this, plant the cabbage seeds in potting soil. You can use a container or garden bed to grow your cabbage! It is important that you have fertile soil with good drainage which will help prevent root rot and fungal diseases.
Using soil blocks is an excellent way to start your seeds. Make your soil blocks, add them to a clear plastic container, and place them in a sunny location or under grow lights. Using a plastic container with a lid will create condensation so your seeds will stay moist and they will not need to be watered continually. Doing this will ensure that your seedlings will not be leggy when they germinate because they will have light soon after germination. When seedlings don't get the sunlight or grow light, they will grow tall and skinny. These will not be healthy or strong seedlings.
Using a heat mat will also help your seedlings to germinate. Cabbage seeds germinate best in temperatures from 45 degrees to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Soil For Growing Cabbage
The cabbage plant likes to be planted in a pot with soil that drains well, but is also rich and full of nutrients so the leaves can get all the minerals it needs.
I prefer to make a soil mix myself, but you may also choose a good potting soil. I like Happy Frog Potting Soil. It's essential to make sure you use a potting mix if you buy soil. Buying potting soil will get expensive. Well-draining soil is vital for growing in pots. Cabbage needs well-draining loamy soil rich in organic matter.
A good soil mixture is one part compost, one part coco coir, and one part perlite. I add six tablespoons of greensand, six tablespoons of bone meal, six tablespoons of blood meal, and three tablespoons of azomite to the mix. This is what I use for a three-gallon container.
The cabbage needs water on a regular basis to ensure that the soil does not dry out. This will cause wilting and hinder growth. A good rule would be to water every three days during drought conditions.
Cabbage Sunlight Requirements
Cabbage will need a space that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day.
How To Eat Cabbage
This delicious vegetable cabbage can be eaten raw or cooked, and when they are young the leaves make for great wrapping around other ingredients.
Sourkraut is an Eastern European dish that involves the cabbage being fermented in saltwater.
Cabbage is also an ingredient in coleslaw, chowchow, and other traditional dishes.
Kimchi is a Korean dish(My favorite way to eat it!) with napa cabbage that involves cabbage being fermented in saltwater and then mixed with different spices.
Cabbage can also be baked and served with melted butter.
All are great ways to incorporate this healthy green into your diet!
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Cabbage
Nutrition Facts Per 100g/30g Serving: The following are that per 30 grams or about one cup. Calories 24 kcal; Total fat 0 gm; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 43mg; Potassium 417 mg manganese : 55%Dietary Fiber : 25%Thiamin : 54%; Riboflavin 42%, Vitamin A 60IU ; Vitamin K 202 mcg ; Fat-Soluble Vitamins 80 IU; Water-soluble Vitamins 66 mg niacin : 69%; Vitamin C : 116%
There are plenty of benefits to eating cabbage including lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk factors (like high blood pressure) that are associated with heart disease and its ability to help build up your immune system against viruses like the flu.
The cabbage plant is a great source of antioxidants because it contains high levels of glucosinolates, compounds derived from indole-carbinols found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage family members cauliflower, and kale).
- high amounts of vitamin K which helps build strong bones and teeth (important for pregnant women) - also provides calcium, iodine, magnesium, niacin and
potassium - contains indole-carbinol which has been shown to help prevent breast cancer cells from growing by blocking estrogen receptors on them all - cabbage is a great source of B vitamins - vitamin C and beta-carotene - contains folate (folic acid) which helps protect against birth defects.
Cabbage Growing Tips
The cabbage will need a lot of sun to ensure that it grows correctly. Too little sunlight and the plant may not turn out as well, with an improper shape. This is where growing in pots can come in handy because they are generally more sheltered from strong winds than outdoor plants. The cabbage needs at least six hours per day for optimal growth, but keep an eye on how much water the soil contains so you don't overdo it with too many days of watering!
Cabbage grows best in cooler temperatures, so make sure you plant your cabbage seedlings either early or late in the season. When it's hot out, keep your cabbage watered – too much heat can affect how quickly they grow and their size. Even though cabbage is hardy enough to withstand harsh conditions (even frost!), if you're in a particularly cold climate, make sure to keep your cabbage covered with leaves or other mulch when the weather gets below freezing.
Growing Cabbage Indoors
How to Grow Cabbage at home
Cabbage plants need at least six hours of sunlight per day and prefer cooler temperatures to grow. When growing cabbage indoors, position your plant near a window with direct sun exposure for the best results: this will give it more access to light than just artificial lighting from overhead fixtures or lamps.
Growing cabbage indoors can be done year-round, but it's best to wait until the weather outside is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In this environment, you need a pot with good drainage and fertile soil that will hold water for the plant - Make sure not to overwater your cabbage: too much liquid will cause root rot.
Keep cabbage plants watered and fertilized regularly. For optimal growth, pick off any wilted outer leaves - these will need to be replaced by new ones. Make sure the room has enough sunlight so that this process can happen:
Photosynthesis uses light from the sun to produce energy needed for plant growth! As a result, if it doesn't get at least six hours of direct sunlight per day (or artificial lighting with similar properties), cabbage won't grow successfully indoors or out.
The healthy vegetable cabbage can be grown in containers. It's also been shown to have anti-cancer properties and help with weight loss. Growing cabbage in pots may not seem like the most popular of gardening projects, but it definitely has some excellent benefits for your health! You don't need much space or time to start growing this easy-to-grow veggie. If you're looking for new projects to try out this spring, give container planting a shot! Let me know below whether any of these benefits have helped motivate you to try container gardening with cabbages!
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