How do I take care of a cabbage plant?


Quick Answer

In order to take care of a cabbage plant, a gardener needs to mulch and fertilize it, water it regularly, remove weeds and get rid of cabbageworms. Cabbageworms, if unchecked, eat through the leaves and destroy the plant.

Continue Reading
How do I take care of a cabbage plant?
Credit: Robertus Pudyanto Getty Images News Getty Images

Full Answer

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, properly watering a cabbage plant is a crucial component of care because it requires between 1 and 2 inches of moisture a week. A gardener needs to provide this water on a regular basis. If the plant gets too much moisture, the head grows too quickly and splits, especially if it has gone through a period without water.

Once the cabbage plant has reached 5 inches tall, the whole crop needs to be thinned so that there are up to 2 feet between plants. A cabbage plant needs to be mulched in order to keep the soil moist and provide it with nutrients. The best mulch is a mixture of organic material, such as compost, leaves and manure.

Fertilizer shouldn't be added until the cabbage heads begin grow, and it needs to be water-soluble. Organic fertilizer, such as fish emulsion, is preferable. While weeding is important, gardeners need to exercise caution and weed only by hand. Weeding with a hoe tends to disturb the cabbage roots.

Learn more about Gardening & Landscapes

Related Questions