Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage Seed
Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage seed (63 days) open-pollinated heirloom. This American cabbage is a favorite for early harvest, forming a conical, pointed, dark green head with a smooth, sweet flavor. The head is slow to split and slow to bolt. Holds in the garden for 2 to 3 weeks after maturity.
Rich in vitamins and minerals. Some gardeners consider this the best tasting of all cabbages. This classic early cabbage originated in England in the early 1800s, was first grown in America in 1840, perfected by a German truck gardener in northern New Jersey and released by Peter Henderson in 1868. Henderson in 1902 asserted that “it was more largely grown than all other first early cabbages combined” and called it an “old reliable always to be depended upon for its uniformity in earliness and crop.” Anne Elder considers it a great fall cabbage as well.
Wakefield’s compact medium 2–3 lb heads are distinctively pointy. The pyramidal shape with sparse outside foliage permits close spacing. Tender flavorful waxy-looking Wakefield has stood the test of the ages and is still prized by home and market gardeners. Shows some variation in our lot grow-outs. Not for storage.
About 100+ seed per pack. 85% germination.Cabbage Culture: Blue-purple foods such as red cabbage and purple cauliflower contain anthocyanins and phenolics, which benefit the urinary tract, memory and immune system.Exposure to hoarfrost is good for cabbages. They double their sugar content after one month of cold. Red cabbage seedlings are often used for microgreens.Minimum germination soil temperature 40°, optimal range 55 to 95°, optimal temperature 77°. Emergence takes 5 days at 77°.
Days to maturity are from direct seeding. Subtract 20 days from date of transplanting.
Note: We cannot ship packets greater than ½ oz. (14 grams) of any Brassica into the Willamette Valley. The State of Oregon prohibits shipping any commercial quantity of untreated Brassica, Raphanus or Sinapis because of a quarantine to control Blackleg.