Cabbage, Primax (Organic)

Brassica oleracea. 60 days.

Our all-time favorite summer cabbage. Primax cabbage dependably produces firm, round, pale green heads that range in size from 2-4 lbs – just the right size for our kitchen. We also love it because it manages to be both crisp and tender at the same time, and it holds well in the field. This variety is an old standby but has become hard to find in recent years as the seed industry has transitioned towards hybrids. We thank our friend and mentor John Navazio for supplying some of our seed stock!

Seed produced by Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island, Washington.

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.

1/2 g ≈ 150 seeds

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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.

Seed Saving

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.

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  1. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful

    Great cabbage

    DRB (verified owner)

    Where did you grow this variety? Midwestern US

    I’m excited about this cabbage! We’re in what seems to be a very long process of developing good garden soil, plus some of our beds are newer than others. Last year I grew some Early Jersey Wakefields (standard OP heirloom variety, for comparison) in a more developed spot and they were okay, if not stellar. This year I grew several of them again and also several Primax, all transplanted into a newer bed.

    The Wakefields pretty much tanked. We got one out of 4. Each of the failures seemed to have a different problem than the others, which was weird. The Primax, on the other hand, produced one stunning, perfect cabbage of full size, plus three others that, while not as superb, were still respectable. They all headed up properly with a good density for a summer cabbage. They did not suffer insect damage. They taste wonderful, either raw or cooked, and have an excellent texture.

    This year we had drought conditions during much of the cabbages’ growing season. We watered a lot, and put shade cloth over the bed when the weather heated up, but it was still impressive how well the Primax handled everything. The plants are also nice and compact in the garden. Thanks, Adaptive people, for keeping this variety in circulation!

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