Which is the best cabbage variety to grow?

cabbage variety
A photo of green, savoy and red cabbages

Are you looking for the best cabbage variety to grow in Kenya? In this post, we give you a comparison of various hybrid seed varieties available from seed companies. To decide on the best, we will show you their maturity periods, spacing in cm, the average weight per head and total yield potential per acre.

Cabbage is a popular vegetable of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family. It is the headed type among kales, broccoli, cauliflowers and radishes.

There are three main types available in Kenya and Uganda. The green, Red and Savoy cabbages. Green has a higher demand in the domestic markets. Farmers farming to export prefer the other two types.

The vegetable has many health and nutrition benefits. It contains Calcium, Iron, Vitamins A, C and E. others are Riboflavin, Nicotinamide and Ascorbic Acid. Minerals and high contents of Sulphur and chlorine contents.

Hybrid Cabbage variety seeds in Kenya

Given its high demand, seed companies have many hybrid seed varieties or F1 seed choices in the market. In this post, we compare the best hybrid types using their maturity period, spacing in cm, plant population, the average weight per head and total yield potential per acre.

Hybrid Variety Plant spacing (cm) Population (cabbages per acre) * Maturity (days after transplanting) Head weight (kg) Yield (T/Acre)
Amigo F1 60 x 60 11,111 90-100 4-6 45-68
Baraka F1 60 x 45 14,800 75 4-6 40-50
Blue Dynasty F1 60 x 60 11,111 80-85 4-5 45- 68
Copenhagen Market 60 x 45 14,800 65-70 2-2.5 20-30
Gloria F1 60 x 60 11,111 90 3 30-50
Green Challenger F1 30 x 30 or 60 x 60 44, 444 or 11,111 60 2.5- 3 40- 50
Michelle F1 60 x 45 or 60 x 60 14,800 or 11,111 80 3-5 40-74
Pruktor F1 60 x 60 11,111 80 5-6 50-60
Queen F1 60 x 45 14,800 85   30
Riana F1 60 x 60 11,111 90-100 1.5-2.5 15-30
Winner F1 60 x 60 11,111 75-80   40-75

*The calculate the plant population, divide area of an acre (4048 M2) by the given plant spacing. For instance, if the plant spacing is 60 cm x 60 cm. The population will be 4048 m2 rounded off to 4000 m2 divided by (0.6 m*0.6m) to get 11,111 plants.

Using the above comparison table, Cabbages take 60 to 100 days to mature in Kenya. The  Green challenger F1 takes the shortest time after transplanting at 60 days. Riana F1 and Amigo F1 take 90 to 100 days.

On the advantage of weight, the Pruktor F1 ranges 5-6 kg per head. Baraka F1 and Amigo F1 average 4-6 kg per head.

Farmers plant all cabbage varieties at a spacing of 60 cm by 60 cm except the Baraka F1, Copenhagen Market and Queen F1, which you can space at 60 by 45 cm. Under best farming conditions, you can space the Green Challenger F1 at 30 cm by 30 cm.

Disease and Pest Tolerant Cabbage Varieties

Apart from the above comparisons on spacing and yields,  consider the following additional factors for crop management. Resistance to pests and diseases, withstanding splitting. Others are flavour, shape, colour and size. The final one is the climate of your area.

Cabbage variety Features Tolerance
Gloria F1 .Solid blue-green color
.Has a thick waxy layer covering.  
.Best to store after harvesting.
Black Rot
Fusarium yellows  
Not prone to splitting
Blue dynasty F1 Roundheads with a compact shape
Best for farms in warm areas.
Black Rot
Cabbage Ring Spot
Diamondback Moth (DBM)  
Fusarium Yellows
Baraka F1 Bluish-green heads Black Rot
Ring Spot
Cabbage Yellows.
Green Challenger F1 Round shape with compact size heads
Blue-green in colour
A creamy internal colour
Diamondback Moth (DBM)
Black Rot
Fusarium Yellows.
Pruktor F1 Sweet flavour Low night temperatures
Riana F1 Blue-green heads
White internal colour
Round compact heads
Heat
Cold
Black Rot
Tip Burn
Amigo F1 Green semi-round heads
Requires warm/cool areas
Black Rot  
Diamondback Moth (DBM

The above tables give comparisons for the best hybrid cabbage variety of cabbage to grow in Kenya. It compares the seed varieties on yield, spacing, tolerance to diseases and pests among other features like colour and flavour.

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