Red cabbage (purple cabbage, red kraut, blue kraut) (Brassica oleracea convar. capitata var. rubra L.)


Cabbage (Brassica)
    → Cabbage family (Brassicaceae or Cruciferae)

Red cabbage (purple cabbage, red kraut, blue kraut)


glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Early start: from mid February to April
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Seeding: from April to June
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Planting: If started early: from 5 weeks after early start to 6 weeks after early start, if bought: from end of March to beginning of July
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Distance: 40.0 – 50.0 cm x 40.0 – 50.0 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Height: 40 – 60 cm
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Harvest: If started early: from 4 months after early start to 5 months after early start, if sown: from 4 months after seeding to 5 months after seeding, if planted: from July to end of October. Not before July and not after end of October
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Habitat: sunny
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Good Neighbours: Artichokes, Aubergines, Black salsify, Bush beans, Carrots, Celery, Chard, Endives, Peas, Rhubarb, Salad, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnips
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Bad Neighbours: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Garlic, Kale, Onions, Pointed cabbage, Savoy cabbage, Spring onions, White cabbage
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Red cabbage changes its colour depending upon the pH of the soil.
glyphicon <%# Eval("Title") %> Your need: One person consumes an average of 4.8 kg a year.
Require a lot of nutrients
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There are early, second early and late varieties of red cabbage.
Red cabbage changes its colour depending upon the pH of the soil.
In acidic soils it appears to be more red, in alkali soils it is more blue.


It likes a sunny location with loose, good (ideally, a heavy loam soil) garden soil.


Propagate using seeds. Before sowing, soak the seeds for about 2 – 3 hours in lukewarm water.


Plants that are well suited for next year cultivation:

(not specified)


The following plants should not be planted in the following years:

How many years: Not to plant:
4 – 5 year(s) Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, Horseradish, Kale, Kohlrabi, Pointed cabbage, Radish, Radish, Red cabbage, Salad rocket, Savoy cabbage, Turnips, White cabbage


Red cabbage will overwinter out in the open with some light winter protection (spruce brushwood or a fleece).


  • Regularly water and fertilise
  • Regularly loosen up the soil


Pests: Flea beetles
Preventative measures: Always keep the soil moist and hoe regularly.
Pests: Cabbage white butterfly caterpillars
Preventative measures: Stretch anti bird netting over the plants.


It is harvested as soon as the plants or the heads have reached the required size.
Time to grow: 4 - 5 months.


Red cabbage will keep well in a cool, well ventilated cellar on straw covered boards.


Red cabbage is eaten raw as a salad or cooked as a vegetable.
By adding apples, lemon juice or vinegar during cooking, the red cabbage dish will be more clearly red.


One person consumes an average of 4.8 kg a year.
Der Pro Kopf Weißkohl und Rotkohl Verbrauch liegt bei etwa 4,8 Kilo jährlich. Quellen: BLE; BMELV; DESTATIS; LfL Stand: 14.03.2013.

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