Perk up cole slaw or your favorite stir-fry with this gorgeous, deep-red cabbage. The sweet flavor of cabbage fresh from the garden is much better than store-bought. Solid heads form early on small, compact plants making 'Red Acre' an ideal choice for small gardens. Resistant to splitting and cabbage yellows disease. Heads store exceptionally well in the refrigerator or root cellar.
• Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea
• Days to Maturity: 75–100 days
• Family: Brassicaceae
• Native: Europe
• Hardiness: Frost-tolerant biennial, grown as an annual
• Plant Dimensions: 5"–7" in diameter. 2–4 pounds at maturity
• Variety Information: Round, deep red to purple heads
• Attributes: Disease Resistant, Good for Containers
• When to Sow Outside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date for a summer crop, or 10 to 12 weeks before your average first fall frost date for a fall crop.
• When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date, transplanting 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. For fall crop, 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outdoors in summer. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 75°–85°F. Mild Climates: Sow in fall for a cool-season harvest.
• Days to Emerge: 7–12 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12" – 24"
• Row Spacing: 24"–36"
• Thinning: When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 12" – 24"
• Harvesting: Harvest heads when they are well developed, firm, and solid when squeezed. Cut off heads at base with a sharp knife. Cabbages left in the ground beyond maturity are more subject to disease and splitting. Harvest in the morning if possible. If harvested in the heat, dunk in ice water to reduce "field heat" and increase storage time. Allow to drain before storing.