Saku Saku (Brassica oleracea var. capitata)

Days to Maturity 65
Saku Saku is a sweet, flat cabbage with a crisp bite that’s intended to be consumed fresh in salads or wraps. This cabbage is generally grown in the summer months, but depending on your region, Saku Saku can be planted almost year-round. While most commercial growers transplant Saku Saku cabbage, it can also be grown successfully by direct seeding. Plants should be placed 10 inches apart to allow plenty of room to grow. Once the leaves of the plant have wrapped and the head has reached 12-14 inches your Saku Saku can be harvested and enjoyed in raw or cooked form. 
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Sku: Saku Saku- 100

Growing Information

Germination

  • Direct seeding: sow 1–2 seeds every 6”, 1/4” deep.

  • Transplanting: Sow 1-2 seeds per cell into a 72-cell tray.
    • Ensure cells are completely filled to avoid air pockets.
    • Sow seeds 1/4–1/2" deep and cover gently.
    • Avoid pressing too firmly as compaction can cause difficulty transplanting.

  • Over-watering can create a crust-like soil layer, preventing germination. Maintain soil moisture through germination.
  • Once germinated, avoid watering for 7–10 days to improve root growth and stronger plant development. Then, water thoroughly to improve head size.
  • Thin to one seedling per cell once established. 

Transplanting

  • Check for readiness 40–45 days after germination by gently pulling on the base of the stem to see if the soil block stays together.
  • Transplant to 12" spacing, with 14–18” between rows.  

Maintenance

  • Cultivate to prevent weed competition and use best management practices for pests.
  • Use of light row cover can prevent damage from flea beetles and other brassica pests. 

Harvest 

  • Approximately 65-75 days from transplant. 
  • Harvest at 12–14” in diameter, when heads are firm. 
  • Cut the base of the stalk just above ground level. 

Cultivation Schedule

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