Bonnie Mega Cabbage

  • Sun: Full sun
  • Harvest Size: 15 to 50 pounds!
  • Days to Harvest: 82
  • Plant Size: 2 to 3 feet tall, 3 feet wide

Get ready to grow a cabbage as big as a table! Bonnie Mega cabbage produces an exhibition-size head that can weigh almost as much as the third graders that grow it for our Third Grade Cabbage Program.

Cabbage tolerates frost, so it is one of the first plants to go in the garden in spring (about a month before the last frost), but protect new plantings from a late hard freeze. In warm climates, these plants may be grown in fall and winter.

Plant Spacing: 36-48 inches apart. Plants Per Person: One will feed a family.

Secrets to Success »

The trick to growing cabbage is steady, uninterrupted growth. Add compost and fertilizer to the soil before planting and feed with a liquid food every week or two as the head grows to encourage it to reach its largest size. Also water regularly so the soil is always moist, but not soggy. Never let it dry out or the head may split next time you water. This big cabbage takes longer than most because of its size. Heads may split if left too long in the garden. One trick to avoid splitting: when full size, insert a shovel in the ground on one side of the plant to break some shallow roots.

Harvest and Use »

Cut the cabbage when it is big and the head feels firm, After recording your cabbage’s size, taking a photo, and submitting to the Third Grade Cabbage Program or perhaps entering a local fair, you can chop your Bonnie Mega cabbage and use in a soup recipe to feed practically the whole neighborhood.

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