cabbage - Knowledgebase Question

milton freewater, Or
Question by ednagal
August 9, 2007
Why is there brown leaaves on a couple of the inner leaves of my cabbage? By looking at the whole head of cabbage you would see nothing but a very awesome head of cabbage.

Also I was told that if I pick my cabbage and leave the stalk then I would get another head of cabbage, but when they are growing back they are very small in comparison and sometimes there is 2, 3 or even 4 heads instead of one. Are these Still going to be good to eat? and if so when should I pick them?

Answer from NGA
August 9, 2007


The brown inner leaves indicate a nutrient or water stress while the head is forming. In this case, it is probably due to inconsistent soil moisture while the head is forming. To avoid, keep the soil consistently moist. It's true that if you cut the cabbage from the stalk that new cabbages will grow. You could rub out all but the biggest one and allow it to grow. It will never get as large as the original cabbage, but it will be edible. Since you have multiple heads forming on the stalk you could remove all but one or you can allow them all to grow. They will be edible but small.

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