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Charleston Wakefield Cabbage

Charleston Wakefield Cabbage

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Charleston Wakefield

85 days — A selection of 'Early Jersey Wakefield.' 'Charleston Wakefield' is very similar to its predecessor in shape, but is larger and takes about a week longer to reach maturity. The heads are dark-green, compact, and conical shaped, reaching about four to six pounds in size. 

First selected and released in the late 19th Century.  Often attributed to the Peter Henderson company as an 1892 release. However, 'Charleston Wakefield' was in fact first released by the F. W. Bolgiano Co. in their 1880 catalog.[1] An early variety, it is generally grown for a summer harvest but does over winter well. Each packet contains 0.5 gram, which is approximately 75 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Plant indoors five weeks prior to your last expected frost date. Sow at a depth of about ¼ inch keeping moist until the seedlings appear. Use as much light as possible, watering as required.

Two weeks prior to transplanting, acclimate the seedlings to the outdoors by moving outside into the shade and then return indoors at night. Expose the plants to more direct sunlight every day. Check moisture regularly. Transplant 16 inches apart in rows spaced 24 inches.
Informational References:
  1. "Descriptions of Types of Principal American Varieties of Cabbage," by Victor Rickman Boswell, USDA Miscellaneous Publication No. 169, March, 1934