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Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage

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Early Jersey Wakefield

75 days — An early variety, 'Early Jersey Wakefield' cabbage is generally grown for a summer harvest, but does also overwinter well. The plants are short stemmed and yields conical, seven inch in diameter, green colored heads with a fine tender texture and mild flavor.

Introduced into the U.S. by Francis Brill, then living in New Jersey. Originally grown by Mr. Brill and a few neighbors, 'Early Jersey Wakefield' began as a natural cross between 'Wakefield' cabbage from England and other varieties being commercially grown in the area. According to Mr. Brill, Peter Henderson was the first to introduce this variety to the general public in the 1850s. 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.