Cabbage Collards Champion
Cabbage Collards Champion. Cabbage ‘Champion’ is a Collard type, popular in Victorian times for their non hearting crops of long, wavy leaves. ‘Champion’ produces superb yields of tender, dark green leaves with distinctly mild flavour and no aftertaste. The tasty leaves are produced over a long cropping period, giving you fresh greens from the garden almost all year round, with a second sowing in autumn. Perfect for making Chinese crispy seaweed!
Height: 90cm (36″). Spread: 75cm (29″).
February – March
March – November
How to sow
Sow Cabbage seed indoors from February to March. Alternatively direct sow outdoors from late March to June into a well prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Sow at a depth of 13mm (½”) and distance of 23cm (9″) between rows.
Indoors, sow seed at a depth of 12mm (½”) in trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost and cover with a layer of vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F) until germination which takes 4 -7 days. Once germinated, grow Cabbage plants on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and plants are large enough to be transplanted with 2-3 true leaves.
Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 – 10 days before planting cabbage in moist, rich, well drained soil in full sun. A fertile soil is essential as cabbages require high levels of nitrogen. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Apply lime to acid soils to reduce the acidity and lessen the risk of clubroot. Plant cabbages at a distance of 50cm (20″) apart and cover 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. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.
For virtually year round crops, a second sowing from August to September can be made for overwintering.
Try growing cabbages with Nasturtiums to draw cabbage white butterflies away from your crop, and mint to help deter flea beetles.
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