Omero red cabbage is slow to bolt in the summer garden. This vibrant purple head can mature last in spring and go in the ground earlier in late summer. The inside of the head is deep purple to burgundy with streaks of white, attractive when making slaw. Although it appears purple in color to our untrained eye, purple cabbage, like Omero, is classified as a red cabbage.
Growing Omero Cabbages
The heat tolerance given to this hybrid is responsible for the extended growing season. This variety takes 73 to 78 days until it is ready to harvest. Plant earlier in the typical summer planting season or later in the winter to spring-time frame.
Omero cabbage tastes best when touched by a hint of frost, so allow for main growth during cooler days. It has a mild, smooth taste that is slightly sweet and slightly peppery. Also called red kraut (short for sauerkraut), this cabbage is often thinly sliced and allowed to ferment, adding to its several health benefits.
Planting and Caring for Omero Hybrid Cabbage
Prepare the planting area ahead of time, adding compost, worm castings, or well-rotted manure to enrich the soil. Cabbage is a heavy feeder and does best with consistent growth in a rich soil. Add lime if the soil is too acidic. The soil pH for growing cabbage should be 6.8 or above. This also helps decrease the chances of clubroot, a common cabbage disease.
Start adding fertilizer about three weeks after putting plants in the ground or after plants grow when started from seed in the ground.
Most cabbage seeds are best started indoors or in a protected area, six to eight weeks before they should go in the ground. Protect from freezing temperatures or those hot, late summer days when plants are young. Acclimate to outdoor temperatures, if needed.
This is a short-core cabbage, reaching six inches (15 cm.) across when planted about a foot apart (30 cm.). To grow miniature cabbages, plant Omero cabbage plants more closely.
Harvest cabbage heads when leaves are tight, but before they go to seed.