Stonehead Cabbage is a hybrid cabbage variety that is widely-considered one of the easiest to grow. Stonehead is resistant to many common cabbage diseases and also resistant to cracking and splitting as it matures. This variety produces round, medium-sized heads that average 4-6 lbs. An AAS winner in 1969, Stonehead is an early-maturing variety with a great holding ability. This lengthens the harvesting window so that you don’t need to harvest the entire crop/row at one time. This is a great variety for making any cabbage dish imaginable. Use it for slaws, sauerkraut or filling winter soups.
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.
Stonehead 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. Stonehead 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.
Stonehead 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: 7o
Disease Tolerance: Black Rot, Fusarium Yellows, Tipburn