Savoy Stat Summary
Plant Spacing: 10-14" (254-355 mm)
Row Spacing: 20-24" (508-609 mm)
Planting Depth: 1/2" (12 mm)
Plants Per Person: 2
Soil Temperature: 75-85°F (24-29°C)
Days to Emergence: 7-12
Recommended Soil PH:
Seed Indoors: 8 weeks before transplanting
Earliest Outdoor Planting: Around Last Frost
Can direct seed outdoors
Can seed indoors
To propagate savoy cabbage from seed, start your seeds 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep in a flat or a cell planter with one seed to the cell that contains sterile starting mixed; water thoroughly during this period. Apply a half strength general fertilizer every two weeks.
Once the plant has produced at least two true leaves it will be ready for hardening off. Use starter fertilizer when transplanting seedlings into the garden; set plants at 10 to 14 inches apart with 20 to 24 inches between rows.
Side-dress with nitrogen fertilizer when the plants are half grown. Ample soil moisture is necessary throughout the growing season to produce good cabbage. Keep area weed free.
Harvesting and Storing Savoy
Cut the cabbage heads when they are solid (firm to hand pressure) but before they crack or split. In addition to harvesting the mature heads of the cabbage planted in the spring, you can reap a later crop of small heads called savoy cabbage sprouts. These sprouts develop on the stumps of the cut stems.
Cut as close to the lower surface of the head as possible, leaving the loose outer leaves intact. Buds that grow in the axils of these leaves later form more sprouts. The sprouts develop to 2 to 4 inches in diameter and should be picked when firm.
Savoy Insect and Disease Information
wilt and black rot are 2 diseases that can cause sever losses. Help avoid my not crowding, overwatering, or planting in poorly drained soil. Keep down the weeds. Pests such as greenfly, whitefly, and caterpillars can be a problem. Protect the crop by adding a barrier of fine netting or fleece to keep the flying insects off the plants.
Savoy Yield Information
No yield information for Savoy.
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