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BRASSICA oleracea 'Savoy Express'( Capitata Group)
An exceptionally early "miniature" savoy cabbage, 'Savoy Express' bears dense heads of crinkled leaves that are delicious either cooked or raw. Typically grown as an annual, cabbage is a cool season vegetable that traces its ancestry to Brassica oleracea, a fleshy-leaved, short-lived perennial from coastal areas of western and southern Europe.
Maturing a lightning-fast 55 days after sowing, 'Savoy Express' forms coconut-sized heads of pale green, thin, tender, "blistered" leaves. Flavor is light and sweet. Vigor and flavor decline with heat. Although cool weather enhances flavor, plants may flower (or "bolt") in extended chilly spells. Cabbage heads may split if not harvested promptly. Somewhat cold-hardy, this cabbage can be grown as a winter vegetable in areas such as the Lower Southeast United States and western California.
This cool weather crop prefers full sun and fertile, organic-rich garden soil with ample drainage. Plant seed or transplants in early spring, or in summer for fall or winter harvest. For an extended harvest, also plant late-cropping varieties such as 'January King'. Plants may produce side sprouts from the "stumps" of the harvested heads.
Cabbages are rewarding to grow and well worth the effort. As with all members of Brassica oleracea, they are susceptible to a number of pests, including cabbage loopers and several other types of caterpillars.
6 - 1
8 - 11
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer
Southern Europe, Western Europe, Mediterranean
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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