EVERLASTING CABBAGE CUTTINGS START OFF NEW BRASSICA PATCH – SECOND WEEK IN NOVEMBER 2009

Early Monday 9th November, before the phones start ringing, I steel an hour in the garden to start a new generation of everlasting cabbage plants. (This is a perennial hardy kale-like heritage cabbage variety obtained from Irish Seedsavers in Scarriff, Co. Clare.)  Last spring I put up a video clip of cuttings being taken from the previous years cabbage plants. However I want to experiment and see if the cuttings will root and survive if I plant them now before winter sets in instead of waiting until next spring.

Last spring, I molly-coddled the cuttings by planting them in pots of soil and bringing them on in the glasshouse before planting out in late March. This time I’ll try putting them directly into their newly prepared growing patch. This patch provided a good crop of beans and peas in the summer just gone by. The withered legume vines have gone for composting, the soil levelled and some well broken down compost dug in. The nitrogen nodules on the remaining roots of the old legume plants will, I hope, feed the newly planted cabbage cuttings in the year ahead.

All I need to do now is to pull off the ready-to-use side shoots from the parent everlasting cabbage plant. I tidy up the base of each cutting with a sharp knife. A diagonal cut gives the cutting a sharp point. This point  is pushed gently in to the soft soil. I firm in the cuttings one by one and water – voila!

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ROGER on October 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    WHERE CAN WE GET SEEDS OR PLANTS PLEASE

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  2. Posted by Beth Wells on April 18, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Hello from Texas USA! I tried to find the everlasting cabbage too, but Irish Seed Savers don’t list it anymore. Could I buy some cuttings from you? Please?

    Reply

    • Hi Beth,
      Sorry about the lack of everlasting cabbage sources. I will pot some up, but not sure of the regs etc for posting to Texas. Maybe you could let me know. Authorities can be sensitive about such things.
      Happy sowing and growing
      Trevor

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  3. Posted by pauline on June 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    hi Tervor. Can i have a cutting of your everlasting cabbage too. i cant find it on the irish seed savers website either. i’d ideally love plugs but cant find where to buy plugs on the internet either. i live in baldoyle.

    pauline

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  4. Posted by Andrew Lyons on June 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Trevor, I have looked for over a year to buy some Everlasting Cabbage but cant find anyone whom sells or grows in the UK. Would you happen to know if this Is the same as Wild Sea Cabbage?
    Many thanks
    Andrew

    Reply

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