cabbage growing stages

Cabbage Growing Stages: How Does It Grow?

The cabbage plant has many growth stages. This plant starts growing from seed and continues to grow until it matures. But how does cabbage grow?

Cabbage Growing Stages

1. Seed Stage

The cabbage seeds are small, round, and reddish, gray or black in color. Cabbage seeds are usually sown in seed pots or trays filled with fine sandy soil.

You can also use good quality potting mix for sowing your cabbage seeds. When the cabbage seeds are high quality they have a high chance to germinate.

2. The Germination Stage

The germination stage is the first step in growing a cabbage plant from seed. In this stage, you’ll plant your seeds and watch them sprout. The germination stage takes about 5-10 days but it can also take about three weeks.

The seeds are planted in soil, which should be moist and warm (about 70 degrees Fahrenheit). The seeds need to be watered but not too much. After a few days, tiny roots, a thin stem, and few leaves will grow out of the seeds.

3. Seedling Stage

In the seedling stage, you’re just trying to get your cabbage growing. To do this successfully, you need to make sure that it stays warm and moist—but not too warm and wet.

This means keeping it in a sunny spot but also making sure that it doesn’t bake in too much sun. You’ll also want to keep pests away from your plant.

You’ll need also to water regularly during this period because if the soil is dry for too long, the sprouts will dry off before they have a chance at becoming mature cabbages.

The cabbage seedling stage normally takes between three to four weeks. If you have started your seeds indoors and they are ready to start sprouting, the time has come to move them into the soil.

At this time, you will also need to think about planting them in a spot with full sun. Because cabbage loves cooler temperatures, ensure that you plant your seeds in areas where they will get at least six hours of sunlight each day.

4. Transplanting Stage

The transplanting stage is the time when you move the seedling from the pot or seedling tray to the garden. This can be done in early spring or late summer, depending on when your region’s growing season starts and ends.

Once the seedlings have grown a bit, it is time to transplant them outside into your garden. Cabbage transplants usually take around 10 weeks before you are able to harvest them.

This is not a very long period of time, and it will be gone before you know it, so you should be sure that you are taking extra care of these plants.

When the outdoor temperatures start getting below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius), consider covering your cabbage plants with a blanket at night so that they stay nice and warm when the sun goes down.

It is also recommended that you fertilize your cabbage every 2-3 weeks for maximum growth potential. Cabbage plants need regular watering during their growing stages; however, don’t overdo it!

Too much water can cause root rot which will kill off your crop quickly if left untreated.

5. Vegetative Growth

Vegetative growth is the phase when new leaves, stems and flowers grow. During this stage, you’ll see your plant get taller and thicker.

It will also produce new small heads at the bottom of its stalk. If you’re growing Brussels sprouts or kale, these will appear first on your plants as well.

After a few weeks of growing the cabbages will grow bigger. They will look like small green balls and the leaves should be firmly attached to the plant.

You will notice that they have started to form a head, which is called cabbage hearting.

The cabbages can now be harvested when you see this happening or wait for them to grow even bigger, which will allow you to get more heads per plant!

When your cabbages are ready for harvest it’s important not to let them stay too long on your plants as this can cause shrivelling and breakage of leaves and stems.

6. Harvesting Stage

Harvesting is a great stage in the growth of your cabbage, and it can be a bit tricky to do correctly.

First, make sure that you pick your cabbage when it is still firm and green. This means that there should not be any yellow or white spots on your cabbages yet.

Also make sure that you harvest your cabbages before they get too large: if they’re too big, they won’t keep as long in storage and will spoil faster than small cabbages would have done.

Once you’ve picked all of the heads of cabbage that are ready for harvesting, put them somewhere where they’ll stay cool until you’re ready to store them—you can use a root cellar if you have one available!

Itt’s a good idea to count on at least three months to grow your cabbage, though it may take even longer depending on the variety.

How long it takes depends on how well you look after your plant and how old it is when you harvest it.

Cabbage heads are formed by the leaves growing together, so you can tell when they’re ready for harvesting if a thick layer of leaves starts growing around them.

The cabbage heads that finally arrive are tightly packed and round. The outer leaves of the cabbage head can be removed, and the inner leaves can be used for cooking. 

Cabbage is often cooked with other vegetables or meats to add flavor to soups, stews, casseroles and stir fries.

7. Flowering Stage

You’ll know you’re in the flowering stage when your cabbage starts to produce flowers. The cabbage plant will bolting and stalks will grow.

Those yellow flowers will grow on the stalks. In order for cabbage flowers to be pollinated by bees and other insects, they need to be open during daylight hours. 

8. Seeding Stage

Once these plants have been pollinated, they will swell into seed heads. The seeds can be harvested and collected when the flowers are drying and turning brown.

Conclusion

If you are looking for something new and exciting to grow in your garden, cabbage might be just what you need. Cabbage plant has many stages of growth from seed up to maturity. It will take some time to grow before they can be harvested.