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    Default Why are my spring cabbages turning purple?


    I wonder if anyone can tell me why my "F1 Advantage" spring cabbages are turning purple, please, and why the outside leaves are dying off?

    I didn't get on very well with cabbages in the ground last year (maggots), so I started these from seed in August last year and transplanted them into Morrisons flower buckets. They survived the winter quite happily, even under two feet of snow, and although they're not massive I think they look okay.

    However, over the last month they've started to turn purple! Is this normal? I've been keeping them watered (maybe too well watered?) but I've not fed them at all. Maybe that's where I'm going wrong?

    I'd be really grateful if anyone could advise what I should be doing regarding feeding them, and when spring cabbages are supposed to be harvested, and why the heck they've turned purple??

    Many thanks!
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    dunno, but again lol at your blog love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrismarks View Post
    dunno, but again lol at your blog love it
    Thank you, that's very kind of you to say!
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    Reading about Advantage 2 things crop up that might have a bearing. 1 the instructions say from an August sowing it will last well into mid April. 2 Some pics show the mature cabbage with a purplish tinge.

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    Spring cabbages benefit from a bit of a nitro feed in the spring. Sulphate of ammonia is the inorganic choice of many but an organic alternative could possibly be nettle tea or dried blood.

    PS 'Spring' is not always when they mature, sometimes taking up until July!
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    Interested that you got flower buckets from Morrisons, my local branch will not sell/give away, any advise on how to get them
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    When i was a fruit and veg buyer we used to get a lot of later spring cabbages with some red leaves. If memory serves me right the redness uses to cook out like PSB does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morverngirl View Post
    Interested that you got flower buckets from Morrisons, my local branch will not sell/give away, any advise on how to get them
    I get mine from Asda, have you got a branch near you? They give them away and will even save some on the Customer Service Desk if you telephone. You've just missed the Mothering Sunday Bonanza, but Easter's coming up and that empties the flower buckets. Hope you get some.
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