Cabbage
Brassica oleracea var. capitata 'Shetland'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: oleracea var. capitata
Cultivar: Shetland

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Chartreuse/Yellow

Burgundy

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Pale Green

Green

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Aromatic

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Rubbery-Textured

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 9, 2009, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Shetland cabbage comes from a location in the Shetland islands, north of Scotland, by a group of dedicated cabbage growers. It is an Heirloom, grown on the Shetland Islands for at least since the 17th century. It has shown to be club root resistant. It may also be powdery mildew resistant. It was first used as a vegetable, then in the later centuries it was widely grown as winter feed for cattle and sheep. In the last few decades it has become a very rare crop.

The Scottish Landraces Protection Scheme (Scottish Agriculture) was set up in 2006 to protect and conserve the seed of Shetland Cabbage for local growers.

The growing of Shetland Cabbage is an ongoing local tradition that is maintained by a small group of Shetland cabbage growers and plantie crub... read more