Red Jewel Cabbage is a hybrid, red cabbage variety known for it’s improved head quality. This cabbage variety has some of the best, bright burgundy color of any red cabbage variety. Red Jewel produces heads that average 6″ in diameter and 3-3.5 lbs. The heads are extremely uniform along the row. This is an extremely versatile variety that’s great for fresh eating, cooking, canning, and pickling. Use it to make your favorite coleslaw or cabbage and sausage soup. It also is a great variety for fermenting and making homemade sauerkraut.
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.
Red Jewel 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. Red Jewel 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.
Red Jewel 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: 75
Disease Resistance: Tip Burn