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Cabbage, January King (Organic)

$3.80$125.00

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, and 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.

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Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil February through August. Transplant into the garden about 3-4 weeks after sprouting. May also be direct sown. A good choice for early spring or autumn gardens in our area.

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Collect seeds when dry from 50 or more plants (to avoid inbreeding). Dance on seed stalks on a tarp to thresh. Collect seeds and winnow to clean. Isolate from other Brassicas of the same species, oleracea (collards, brussels sprouts, broccoli, some kales) by ½ mile.

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