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74 days. Like a giant tea rose blooming in your cool-weather garden, these purple/red cabbages form gorgeous pointed heads swirling out of their blue/green outer leaves. As tasty as it is beautiful, this old Eastern European variety has a high sugar content for shredding and adding to fresh salads or making spectacular pink slaw or kraut. In the field, the 2-3 pound heads shed winter's weather thanks to their shape, and after harvest they store well, too.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Beverly E.
Love it - Kaibos

Cabbage was not damaged by worms or slugs, tasted great and I use it in cooking authentic Eastern European dishes. Will reorder yearly.

linda s.
Kalibos cabbage

I began growing this cabbage many years ago, sometimes having to go to different catalogues to find it. It is a beautiful cabbage and it has a sweet taste that i do not find in other red cabbages. I hope you continue to carry this variety as i am never disappointed in it. i am in north western coastal calif. zone 9B.

Kat S.

I bought this variety in hopes of having a cabbage that I could winter over and provide an early spring harvest. It was too slow to grow when I planted it (early fall), did survive the winter with snow and freezing, but wasn't really growing, even when sun and warmer spring temps came.

Sorry to hear you were disappointed with Kalibos. While Kalibos is a great multi-season crop, we do not recommend it for an over-wintering crop. If you would like a later season harvest, we recommend starting indoors in June/July and transplanting in July/August to have a crop to harvest in the fall--October or November.

Soil Temp for Germ 55–75°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Seed Spacing 4–6"
Days to Emergence 5–17
Thin Plants to 18–24"
Row Spacing 2–4'
Fertilizer Needs Medium
Minimum Germination 75%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 110–230
Seed Life 3 years

Brassica oleracea, Capitata Group Cabbage holds the esteemed position of the vegetable that contains the least amount of fat per serving. As an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidant phytonutrients, cabbage is a great defender against cancer. Red cabbage is rich in anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplanting; add 25-35 days if direct seeding.

• Sudden temperature changes or high applications of fertilizer may result in poor head shape and reduced yields
• Consistent and even watering is necessary

Direct Sowing
• Sow March—June
• Not recommended for fall plantings

• Start indoors 4-6 weeks before anticipated transplant date
• Work in 1/4-1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer around each plant
• For a fall crop: start May—July for transplanting June—August

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: See Brassica Insect Information below
• Disease prevention: 5-7 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Early types: Mature fast and burst quickly, so they must be harvested promptly
• Later types: Hold in the field longer
• When cutting heads from stems, include 2 or 3 wrapper leaves to protect against bruising
• Over-mature heads can split, especially if they are exposed to moisture fluctuations
• Late storage types will keep for up to 6 months when kept at 36°F and at 100% relative humidity; early types will store 1-2 months

Brassica Insect Information
Aphids: Control aphids with ladybugs or a hard spray of water or Pyrethrin. Also, select varieties that mature later in the season when aphid populations decline.
Cabbage worms, loopers, and root maggots: The first sign of cabbage worms will be off-white butterflies fluttering near the plants. They lay their yellowish-colored eggs on the undersides of leaves, which hatch into caterpillars that can cause severe root and head damage. To control light infestations, spray plants with Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.). For heavy infestations, bait cabbage worms by mixing wheat bran into a B.t. solution. Add 1 tablespoon of molasses. Broadcast the bran mixture around the base of plants. Reapply as necessary. Using Reemay or Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Flea beetles: Flea beetles chew tiny pinholes in leaves. Early control is essential to minimize the damage. Spray infected plants with Pyrethrin. Using floating row covers such as Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Symphylans: In some areas of the US, symphylans (also known as garden centipede) can severely impede the plant growth of many crops. Only 1/4 inch long, white, and very active, they eat the root hairs of developing plants. Using larger transplants helps reduce damage. Contact your local county extension agent if you suspect you have a problem.

HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
F | Fusarium Wilt
YR | Fusarium Yellows

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