Brassica oleracea capitata group 'Hispi'

Summer cabbage

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Hispi' is a pointed variety, as most early kinds are - later varieties are round and solid, and stand for longer when mature. Sow seeds from March to May and plant out from June to July into rows 45cm (18in) apart. It can also be autumn sown, over-wintered in a coldframe and planted out early for cutting in spring. Planting Hyssop or Rosemary as companion plants may help deter cabbage moths and Dill is said to improve the health and growth of cabbage crops. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Brassica

Species: oleracea capitata group

Cultivar: Hispi

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 40cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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