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Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group) 'April'
Cabbage 'April'

Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group) 'April' Cabbage 'April'
£1.99 0820000677 Category: Seeds > Vegetable Seeds
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Brassica oleracea Cabbage 'April' is a spring variety with a huge advantage! Unlike many varieties, 'April' can withstand the tendency to bolt (run to seed) which plagues other varieties of autumn-sown spring Cabbage . This superb variety is also ideal when space is at a premium as it can be sown in rows as close as 20cm (10in) apart. Height: 30cm (12in). Spread: 40cm (16in).

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Botanical name Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group)
Common name Cabbage 'April'
Drought resistance N
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage colour Green
Fragrance N
Habit Rounded
Plant type Vegetable Seeds
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Time to maturity 1 - 2 years
Ultimate height 0.1m - 0.5m
Ultimate spread 0.1m - 0.5m
Useful/additional information Sow spring cabbage indoors seed from March to May for Summer harvesting or July to August to overwinter for a spring harvest. Alternatively direct sow outdoors into a well prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Sow at a depth of 13mm (½in) and distance of 23cm (9in) between rows. Indoors, sow seed at a depth of 12mm (½in) in trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost and cover with a layer of vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F) until germination which takes 4 -7 days. Once germinated, grow Cabbage plants on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and plants are large enough to be transplanted with 2-3 true leaves. Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 - 10 days before planting cabbage in moist, rich, well drained soil in full sun. A fertile soil is essential as cabbages require high levels of nitrogen. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Apply lime to acid soils to reduce the acidity and lessen the risk of clubroot. Plant cabbages at a distance of 5cm (2in) apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Place a collar around the stem of each plant to prevent cabbage root fly attacks. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.

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