Cabbage, January King (Organic)
Brassica oleracea. 160-210 days.
January King certainly reigns supreme amongst winter cabbages. Beautiful purplish plants form light green winter savoy type heads with purple outer leaves. When growing for our winter CSA, we relied on this variety for its firm, semi-flat, well-filled, 3-5 lb heads from January into March. We sourced several strains with a lot of variability between sources but found a clear winner in the West Coast Seeds selection which overwintered under row cover and a good covering of snow. It also survived our exceptional 5°F lows in 2013. We also preferred its vigor, uniformity, shape and color over other strains. Plant out in early July for fantastic cabbage all winter long (through zone 7); William Woys Weaver, located in Pennsylvania, says he sows in January for early summer harvest.
As required by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Washington Crucifer Quarantine, all Brassica family seed lots have been tested and found negative for blackleg (Phoma lingam) by an approved, certified lab.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil February through July. Transplant into the garden about 3-4 weeks after sprouting. May also be direct sown.
Collect seeds from 50 or more plants (to avoid inbreeding) in the second year when pods are dry. Dance on seed stalks on a tarp to thresh. Winnow to clean. Isolate from other B. oleracea by ½ mile.