Verona Purple forms large, firm and dense, slightly flattened, green-purple heads and these heads are surrounded by green-purple, slightly coarse and curled leaves. The purple colouring intensifys when the temperatures drop at night. This late variety can overwinter in the soil till it's time to harvest. The heads can weight up to 4 kilo each. This very deliciously flavoured savoy cabbage variety can be kept fresh for about 1 month after harvesting in a cool and dark place. Verona Purple can be harvested after about 90 days after transplanting. Use this variety cooked in mashed potato stews, ovendishes and other dishes with cabbage. The leaves can be used as wrap for minced meat or other dishes and cooked or prepared in a oven.
|Scientific name||Brassica oleracea|
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|Days till harvest||90|
Indoor sowing: mid march - end of april
Outdoor sowing: may - june
Germination: 10 - 15 days
Germination temp.: 15 - 20 °C
Sowing depth: ¼ cm
Plant distance: 30 cm
Plant position: sunny
Days till harvest: 90
Sow indoors from half march, about 5-7 weeks before the seedlings can be planted outdoors. Sow in individuals pots with moist potting soil. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. Transplant the seedlings outdoors about 30 cm apart, when they have 6 true leaves in mid may, when there's no longer any danger of nightfrosts Keep moist and weedfree. Protect the seedlings against birds, cabbagefly and snails and slugs.
Sow outdoors in may, when there's no longer any danger of nightfrosts. Sow about ¼ - ½ cm deep, 2-3 seeds per hole and keep about 45 cm apart. Germination takes about 10-15 days, depending on the weather and temperature. Thin the seedlings to 1 strongest per hole, when they're about 3-5 cm tall. Cabbage needs a lot of fertilizer and water during growth. But be careful: to much water in a short period can cause the heads to crack and rot. Protect against birds, snails and slugs and other pests. Don't sow and plant cabbage on a plot were cabbage varieties have grown in previous years. Sow, for a longer harvesting period, small amounts each time. Harvest the cabbage when the heads are firm. Cut the stem right above the lowest leaves with a knife or harvest the whole cabbage with a rake.