Cabbage Caraflex F1 is a fast growing sweetheart or 'Hispi' cabbage.
Hispi cabbage is a sweeter, pointy shaped, green cabbage also known as hearted or sweetheart cabbage. The plant has a large pointed head, grow up to 40cm tall and spread up to 50cm wide. They are a fast growing veg and versatile for sowing (Jan to June) and harvesting (June to September).
|When to sow
|Sow successionally from January to June. Early sowings should be under a cloche, in a propagator on a windowsill or in a greenhouse.
|Where to Sow
|Sow seed thinly in a prepared seed bed in shallow drills 1.5cm (3/4") deep. Keep well watered. Once the seeds have germinated, thin the seedlings to 8cm (3in) between each plant ensuring they are planted firmly and deep to anchor them in the soil.
|What to do Next
|When the seedlings are between 6 and 8cm high ( 2.5 to 3in) high they are ready for transplanting to their final growing site. Water well the day before transplanting.
|June to October.
|Cover young plants with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Place a collar around the stem of each plant to prevent cabbage root fly attacks.
|Mint: Useful against Cabbage White Butterflies, Aphids and Flea Beetles, Thyme: To ward off Cabbage worm. Also useful: Sage, Oregano, and Nasturtium.
|Excellent source of vitamins A, C and B, Iron and Potassium. The darkest leaves contain the most nutrients. Low in calories!
|The use for the mature cabbages are endless - a few suggestions would be to use them in coleslaw, a stir fry, spring rolls ,soups and stews however Hispi cabbage is also excellent cut from whole into quarters and roasted with a myriad of your favourite flavourings!
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