Late Fat Dutch Cabbage

Brassica oleracea

Growing Zones 1-10
  • Height: 12-18″
  • Width: 18-24″
  • Spacing:  24-36″
  • Days to Maturation:  100 Days
  • Location: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Water:  Average





The classic garden cabbage may not really be Dutch–it was actually brought to the new world by German immigrants (the same way most people called “Pennsylvania Dutch,” are actually from German stock), but Dutch or German, it’s still the best, with firm heads measuring about 12″ in diameter.

When and Where to Plant: Start early varieties indoors 5-7 weeks before last frost. Before planting, harden plants for one week, by putting outdoors during the day. Sow late varieties outdoors in late spring. A late summer planting is recommended in mild winter areas. Plant in a sunny location where cabbage was not grown the previous year. Enrich soil with vegetable food. Firm soil over seed and keep moist.

Harvesting: Harvest when head is firm, cutting just below lowest leaves. Extra large heads and sweet, flavorful leaves make Late Flat Dutch a popular choice for gardeners and chefs! A tolerant crop that stores well, and works perfectly in any cabbage recipe. Introduced to the U.S. by German immigrants around 1840; listed in the 1924 catalog of D. M. Ferry & Co. Solid blue-green flat heads with white interior weigh 10-15 pounds. Excellent for late fall or winter use. 100 days from transplant.