Brassica oleracea capitata group 'January King'

Brassica oleracea ‘January King’

Savoy cabbage

  • Botanical name: Brassica oleracea 'January King'
  • Common name: Savoy cabbage
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Plant Type: Vegetable

Savoy cabbages have crisp, juicy crinkled leaves and solid hearts, and are typically grown as a winter staple when little else will grow. 


Brassica oleracea capitata group ‘January King’ is the hardiest of winter cabbages, surviving all but the harshest winters. It forms heavy, densely packed heads of purple-green leaves with a strong, earthy flavour. 


For best results grow Brassica oleracea capitata group ‘January King’ in well-prepared soil in full sun. Net plants to protect from butterflies and pigeons. 

How to grow Brassica 'January King'

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

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Do not Sow in December


Do not Plant in January

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Do not Plant in August

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Do not Plant in October

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Do Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do Harvest in March

Do Harvest in April

Do not Harvest in May

Do not Harvest in June

Do not Harvest in July

Do not Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do Harvest in October

Do Harvest in November

Do Harvest in December

Brassica 'January King' and wildlife

Brassica 'January King' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Brassica 'January King' poisonous?

Brassica 'January King' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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