(Brassica Oleracea Var. Capitata)
Perk up cole slaw or your favorite stir-fry with this gorgeous, deep-red cabbage. The sweet flavor of cabbage fresh from the garden is much better than store-bought. Solid heads form early on small, compact plants making ‘Red Acre’ an ideal choice for small gardens. Resistant to splitting and cabbage yellows disease. Heads store exceptionally well in the refrigerator.
SOWING AND GROWING: Transplant: In May, sow 2–3 seeds per cell in 72-cell plug flats, 3–4 seeds/in. in 20 row flats, or in outdoor beds 1/2″ deep. Seedlings should be ready to transplant in 4–6 weeks. Space 18–24″ between plants, in rows 18–36″ apart. To maintain steady growth, the crop should be well fertilized and irrigated in dry weather.
Direct Seeding: Sow 3 seeds every 18″, ¼–½” deep, in rows 18–36″ apart; thin to 1 plant per spot.
Adhere strictly to a preventive program including: (1) long crop rotations with noncruciferous crops, (2) clean starting mixes and outdoor seedbeds, and (3) strict sanitation practices.