Packet Content Size (approx.): 30
Spring Hero F1 Cabbage very hard, dark green, the compact round heads are of excellent quality with nearly white, crisp, sweet hearts, about 0.68-0.9 kg (1½-2 lb) in weight.
For cutting in spring - maturing time approximately 36 weeks from sowing.
Sow: Seed should not be sown before mid August in ¾" deep drills (shallow grooves) 15cm (6") apart on prepared seed beds outdoors. Set the resultant plants in rows 38cm (15") apart, with 30cm (12") between plants, during September and October. The cabbages will be ready for use the following spring.
The spacing between plants depends on the end product, for compact heads space at 30cm, 45cm for large heads and only 15cm for spring cabbage to encourage the pointed conical shape. All young seedlings and transplants should be protected from cabbage root fly.
The most successful way to do this is with protective discs around the base of the stem, often called collars.
Keep young plants well watered until established and then only water during dry periods. Keep weeds under control in the beds. Earth up spring and winter cabbages in winter and firm down any which have been loosened by wind and frost.
Harvest spring cabbages from March through to May when the heart is solid throughout. Summer cabbages can be harvested from late June through to October Winter cabbages harvest from September to March for Savoy types, or November to March for winter cabbages. Red cabbages have a much shorter harvest period of September to the end of November but can be stored through winter by packing in straw. The hardy winter types can be left in the ground for several months and cut as required. Harvest cabbages by cutting close to ground level with a kitchen knife, if you cut a cross on the stump a secondary crop of small cabbages can appear from the cut surface
An easy to grow and low maintenance plant that will give confidence to the first time gardener as it produces bucket loads of veg. Plant out in April - late May when the chance of frost has passed. Incorporate plenty of organic matter to feed the plant and help retain water.
As they are hungry feeders, feed them every 14 days with a potash rich fertilizer. Keep well watered but do not wet the fruit.
Harvest: July Onwards.
Suitable for the vegetable garden, allotments and containers.
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season. Regular feeding is recommended.