What are some tips for growing ornamental cabbage flowers?


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Grow ornamental flowering cabbages by placing them in a location with full or partial sun and using slightly acidic soil. Water them regularly once the soil starts to dry out.

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Before growing ornamental cabbage, choose a location that has soil with a pH between 5.8 and 6.5 and 18 inches of space for full growth. Sow the seeds or plant the seedlings in cool weather as preferred by the species, but after the last frost of the season to keep away cabbage loopers and other pests.

If planting ornamental cabbage seeds, either start them inside before the last frost or directly sow them outside once the weather warms up. For the latter, place them in shallow holes with a light covering of soil. Keep the soil moist. After the seedlings are 3 inches tall, thin them out so that they have at least 18 inches of space, and water them regularly to that the soil doesn't completely dry out.

For inside seedlings, transplant them outside or into a larger part once they produce leaves. Because cabbage doesn't do well in overly hot or wet weather, bring any potted plants inside as necessary. Although ornamental cabbage doesn't have as many pest problems as a cold weather plant, its edible leaves can attract wildlife in the winter.

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