Brassica oleraceae - Capitata group



Low growing edible herb grown as an annual. A short stout stem supports a dense terminal head of leaves. Inflourescence of white-yellow flowers in terminal racemes.


Harvest by cutting through the stem when the centre is round and firm. Remove outer leaves. Can be eaten raw,cooked or pickled. Vegetable.


Requires ample moisture and well drained, loose, cultivated soil. Prefers a fertile soil high in nitrogen and phosphorous during the early stages of growth. Iron and boron are also important. Prefers a soil pH of 6.5-7.0 Can suffer from damping off in wet soils. Can also suffer from downey mildew and alternaria. Protect from cabbage white butterfly, snails, slugs, aphis, maggots and cutworms.




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