Gardening is a fun activity that you can do all year. Some vegetables, like tomatoes, are grown in the summer. Others are grown in the spring or fall. Cabbage is a cool-season vegetable, so plant it in early fall or in early spring.
You don’t need a big garden to plant and grow your cabbage. If you live in an apartment or small house but have a spot that receives full sun, you can grow a cabbage in a container. Here’s how to plant your cabbage, whether in the ground or in a container.
Growing Cabbage in Pots
Can you grow cabbage in a pot? Of course, you can! Growing cabbage in containers is easy, as long as you don’t crowd them. Cabbage plants can get huge, growing as high as 4 feet (1.2 m) and nearly as wide. Limit your plants to one per 5-gallon container. Your container grown cabbage will still grow planted closer together, but the heads will be noticeably smaller. Cabbage grows best when the daytime temperature is around 60 F. (15 C.) and, in most places, it can be grown as both a spring and fall crop. Start your seeds indoors 4 weeks before your last frost date in spring or 6-8 weeks before your first frost date in autumn. Transplant your seedlings into your large outdoor containers when they’re about a month old.
Care for Cabbages in Pots Advertisement Cabbage container care can be tricky. Cabbage needs steady, frequent watering to encourage healthy growth. Don’t overwater, though, or the heads may split! Give your plants a good drink 2 to 3 times a week. Pests can be a real problem with cabbage, and while growing cabbage in containers gives you the great advantage of being able to use fresh, uncontaminated soil, even container grown cabbage isn’t completely safe.