Red cabbage Kalibos
Brassica oleracea convar. capitata var. rubra
Spiked red cabbage with fragile and firm leaves. This variety is characterized by a very good taste. It is especially suitable for eating it raw (in salads). It needs up to 60 days to grow from seedling to forming a head.
Different varieties of cabbage are divided into early, mid-late and late according to the length of the growing season. Early varieties grow from seedlings to head up to 60 days, mid-late up to 80 days and late over 90 days. Early varieties can be sown in several periods throughout the year, even in the summer. Late varieties can only be sown in spring, otherwise they don't grow fully before winter.
Cabbage is usualy attacked by two pests: caterpillars and flea beetles. Caterpillars eat the leaves and the heart of the plant. Ecologically, we can get rid of them by cooking 1 L of wormwood tea, diluting it in 5-10 L of water and sprinkling it on affected plants. If necessary, we repeat the proces after a few days.
Flea beetle makes little holes on the plant which is very tipical for him. we can get rid of him with crop rotation (5-7 years) or with persisten loosening of the soil. Sowing or planting other brassica, such as Chinese cabbage or mustard, does not help!
Distance between plants/rows
Amount of seeds in standard packet
for 80-100 plants
Optimum temperature for germination
Seeding rate per acre (100m2)
Goes well with
chard, beans, peas, eggplant, kohlrabi, carrot, potato, cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, leek, beetroot, radish, turnip, lettuce, spinach, celery, camomile, mint, caraway, dill, coriander, borage, sage, thyme, wormwood
Doesn't go well with
onion, garlic, strawberries, mustard