What Is Caraflex Cabbage: Growing Caraflex Cabbage Heads

What Is Caraflex Cabbage: Growing Caraflex Cabbage Heads

By:
Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer







What is Caraflex cabbage? Caraflex hybrid cabbage is a small
cabbage
with an unusual, somewhat pointed shape. Mature heads weigh less than two
pounds (1 kg.). A tender, crunchy cabbage with a mild flavor, Caraflex hybrid
cabbage is ideal for slaws, wraps, cooked dishes, salads, and for making
stuffed cabbage.

This sweeter than usual cabbage is easy to grow either by
planting seeds or transplants. Keep reading to learn how.

Growing Caraflex Cabbage

Plant Caraflex cabbage seeds indoors four to six weeks ahead
of the last
expected frost
in your region. This allows you to harvest the cabbage
before the weather turns hot. Watch for Caraflex cabbage seeds to germinate in
four to ten days. If you’re not interested in planting seeds indoors, you may
find it easier to purchase young plants at a garden center or nursery.

You can also plant your cabbage seeds directly in the garden
about three weeks before the last frost. Plant a group of three or four seeds,
allowing 12 inches (30 cm.) between each group. If you’re planting in rows,
allow approximately 24 to 36 inches of space (61-91 cm.) between each row. Thin
to one plant per group when the seedlings have at least three or four leaves.

Before planting Caraflex (either seeds or transplants),
prepare a sunny garden spot. Loosen the soil with a spade
or garden
fork
and then dig in 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm.) of compost
or well-rotted manure.
Additionally, dig in a dry all-purpose fertilizer according to manufacturer
recommendations.

Caring for Caraflex Hybrid Cabbage

Water these hybrid cabbages as needed to keep the soil
evenly moist. Don’t allow the soil to remain soggy or become completely dry, as
fluctuations in moisture may cause the heads to burst or split.

Avoid overhead watering. Instead, water at the base of the
plant using a drip irrigation system or soaker
hose
. Too much moisture on growing Caraflex cabbage may result in diseases
such as black
rot
or powdery
mildew
. If possible, always water early in the day so the leaves have time
to dry before evening.

Apply a light application of all-purpose garden fertilizer
to growing plants about a month after they have been thinned or transplanted.
Sprinkle the fertilizer along the rows and then water well.

Spread 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 cm.) of mulch such as clean straw,
dry
grass clippings
, or chopped
leaves
around the base of the plants to keep the soil cool and moist, and to
keep weeds in check. Remove small weeds by hand or scrape the surface of the
soil with a hoe.
Be careful not to damage the roots of the plants.

Harvesting Caraflex Cabbages

Time for harvesting Caraflex cabbages is when the heads are
plump and firm. To harvest,
just cut the heads at ground level using a sharp knife. Don’t wait, the cabbage
may split
if left in the garden too long.

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