Cabbage (Summer) Growing Guide

Brassica oleracea

Cabbage (Summer)

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in prior to planting.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes. Tolerates moderate frost, but damaged by hard freezes.


Drench every two weeks with an organic liquid fertilizer.


Single Plants: 1' 7" (50cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 1' 5" (45cm) with 1' 9" (55cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow indoors in early spring, or set out purchased seedlings.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Try growing different varieties from seed to explore differences in leaf color (such as red cabbage) and type (smooth-leaf or savoy).


Cut heads when they reach the size you prefer.


Heavy summer rains following dry weather can cause heads to split. Watch for green imported cabbageworms, the larvae of the cabbage white butterfly. Exclude the adults with row covers.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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