Cabbage (Long Maturity Red) Growing Guide

Brassica oleracea

Cabbage (Long Maturity Red)

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in.


Full sun

Frost tolerant



Not required if good soil.


Single Plants: 75cm (2' 5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow late summer to move to final positions in autumn to be over-wintered and ready for spring.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Try growing different varieties from seed to explore differences in leaf colour and type. Long maturity cabbages are best suited to cooler areas.


Harvest early plants or leave to mature to a firm 'heart' until early summer. Small secondary heads often grow from the base of early cabbage plants after the primary head is cut.


Use fine mesh or exclusion netting over spring to prevent butterflies laying eggs on the underside of leaves - caterpillars can destroy these plants.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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