Bobcat Cabbage is a hybrid cabbage variety known for its sweet taste and crunchy texture. This is a widely adapted cabbage variety that performs well in all growing zones. Heads average 4-6 lbs at maturity and are very attractive with a beautiful blue-green color. The tightly-packed heads make this a high-yielding variety and it also holds well in the field for a longer harvesting window. This is a great fresh market variety and is considered one of the best cabbages for fresh slaw and salads.
Cabbage will grow best in areas where weeds are kept to a minimum. Cabbage is moderately frost-tolerant and performs better when planted in cooler weather. Cabbage will tend to bolt in warmer temperatures. Plant cabbage early in spring for a late spring/early summer harvest, or plant in late summer/early fall for a fall harvest. Cabbage are heavy feeders and require a considerable amount of nitrogen for larger heads. For best results, inject or soil drench with a balanced fertilizer at least once every two weeks. If smaller heads are desired, less fertilizer will be adequate.
Bobcat may be direct-seeded or transplanted, although we suggest transplanting. Transplanting allows for more consistent plant spacing and prevents seedlings from competing with weeds in the early stages of the plant. We recommend starting transplants 3-4 weeks before the desired outdoor planting date. Bobcat Cabbage transplants grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays, where they develop a solid root ball with roots that are trained to grow downward. Plants are ready to go in the ground when they can be easily pulled from the cells in the seed starting tray.
Bobcat Cabbage Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed or transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 12″
Row Spacing: 2-3′
Days to Maturity: 80
Disease Tolerance: Fusarium Yellows, Tipburn