Propogating Everlasting Cabbage

16 February 2009

The cabbage variety I grow each year is particularly well suited to a small garden. I got it first from I.S.S.A. (Irish Seed  Savers Association) in Scariff, Co. CLare. It is a perennial bush, but I don’t leave it for more than a year in one spot to prevent any diseases such as clubroot and to maximise soil fertility.

At the end of February, I pull off and plant up about 8 cuttings. A cutting is essentially a small branch pulled off the main stem. Using a sharp kitchen knife, I slice diagonally to create a wedge-shaped tip which will become the new rooting area when the cutting is planted.

I then remove any lower leaves to leave just 4 or 5 leaves at the growing point of each cutting. This helps the plant to become established and to develop a good root. The cutting is planted without delay while it is still fresh.

I fill 6-inch pots with soil from the patch where other cabbage family members (sprouts, kale, etc.) are to grow in the coming season. I plant two cuttings in each pot. Before planting out, I will remove the weaker of the new cabbage plants. Meanwhile, the new cuttings in their pots are positioned in a bright location (such as a greenhouse or a porch to develop for a month or so.


4 responses to this post.

  1. […] Take a look back at a post from February, where I demonstrate how to propogate some everlasting cabbage. […]


  2. Posted by shane thomas on June 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    My father had this everlasting cabbage 20years ago and we lost it one winter
    If you can email me at and please let us know if it is possible to still get a cutting.
    please can you hellp us and guide us


  3. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Good to hear you like the site. I look forward to hearing how you get on with growing some of your own food in due course. Trevor


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