Cabbage Cape Spits


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The Cape Spitz cabbage is a specific variety of cabbage, and like other cabbage varieties, it has certain technical specifications that are important for cultivation and consumption. Here’s a general overview of what these specifications typically include:

  1. Variety Description:
    • Appearance: Cape Spitz cabbage is known for its conical or pointed shape, which differentiates it from the more common round cabbages.
    • Color: It usually has a vibrant green color.
    • Taste: The flavor is often described as more tender and sweeter compared to round cabbage varieties.
  2. Growth Requirements:
    • Climate: Cabbage generally prefers cooler climates. However, specific requirements can vary based on the variety.
    • Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil rich in organic matter is ideal. Soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.5.
    • Watering: Regular watering is important, but the soil should not be waterlogged. Consistent moisture is key during the growth period.
  3. Planting Guidelines:
    • Spacing: Plants should be spaced about 12-24 inches apart, depending on the size of the variety.
    • Depth: Seeds are typically planted about a half-inch deep.
    • Companions: Good companion plants for cabbage include dill, celery, and potatoes, while it should be kept away from strawberries and tomatoes.
  4. Growth Cycle:
    • Germination: Seeds usually germinate in 7 to 14 days.
    • Maturity: Cape Spitz cabbage typically reaches maturity in about 60 to 80 days after planting.
  5. Harvesting:
    • Indicators of Maturity: The heads should be firm all over and the base of the cabbage should have reached its full size.
    • Method: Cut the cabbage head at its base with a sharp knife. Leave the outer leaves and stem in place to possibly produce a second crop.
  6. Pests and Diseases:
    • Common Pests: Watch out for cabbage loopers, aphids, and slugs.
    • Diseases: Be vigilant about diseases like black rot, clubroot, and downy mildew.
  7. Storage and Usage:
    • Storage: Can be stored in a cool, humid environment for several weeks.
    • Culinary Uses: Ideal for salads, coleslaws, and can be cooked as well.
  8. Nutritional Information:
    • Rich in Vitamins: Cabbages are generally high in vitamin C and K.
    • Dietary Fiber: A good source of dietary fiber.


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