Cabbage is king! It can be julienned for salads, roughly chopped for stir fries or fermented to make sauerkraut and kimchi (we hear it’s great for gut health!). It grows fairly quickly and also looks great in the garden, too.

How to grow cabbage in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, lightly firm down and keep moist.  
  2. While waiting for the seedlings to grow, prepare the planting area by digging in Yates Thrive Natural Blood Bone with Seaweed.  Add a little Yates Hydrangea Pinking Liquid Lime & Dolomite.
  3. Once seedlings have emerged, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate. Allow seedlings to grow to about 7cm before transplanting into prepared area. 
  4. When transplanting, space seedlings at least 30-40cm apart and water in well with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate. Feed weekly to ensure strong root development and lush leaves. 


How to grow cabbage in a pot

  1. The best cabbages to choose for containers are the non-hearting Asian types, such as Wong bok or Bok choy.  Grow them in 600mm troughs and don’t overcrowd them.   
  2. Position in full sun and fill pots with Yates Premium Potting Mix.  Sow seeds, lightly firm down and keep moist.  
  3. Once seedlings have emerged, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  4. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate to boost growth. 

    The trendiest and definitely most space saving way to grow cabbages is as microgreens. These pint-sized plants can be grown on a windowsill and when they’re ready – within 2 to 3 weeks – they can be harvested with scissors, just as they’re needed. Try Yates Cabbage Rubies - make successive sowings for a continuous supply and use the red-stemmed shoots to decorate and add flavour to your dishes

Yates varieties

Cabbage Tree - Ti Kouka

Iconic New Zealand cabbage trees produce large heads of stiff foliage atop tall, stately trunks.

Bok Choy - Chinese White Cabbage

Delicate, sweet flavour, a crisp and crunchy texture and packed with nutritious goodness. This traditional variety has juicy, snow-white stems.

Microgreens 'Cabbage Rubies'

A strikingly attractive microgreen with crunchy texture and sweet, mild flavour. Add some extra magic to your culinary creations!

Cabbage 'Red Mini'

A favourite early red cabbage, with tightly wrapped heads, and vibrant red colour. Red Mini is crisp and delicious cooked or chopped raw for slaws.

Cabbage 'Sugarloaf' Heirloom

A distinctive conical shaped, Old World variety, sensational raw in coleslaws or as a salad green. Sweeter flavour and softer texture than standard cabbage.

Growing tips

  • Cabbages need watering around 2- 3 times a week. Be careful not to over water as the heads may split! 

  • A layer of organic mulch, such as pea straw or lucerne straw mulch will help retain moisture in the soil.

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Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.