The ornamental cabbage, grown on balconies and in gardens for purely decorative purposes, is the plant of the hour.
Beautiful, intensely coloured and extremely resistant to cold and frost: These characteristics make the ornamental cabbage the ideal plant for autumn and winter.
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Ornamental cabbages are among the plants grown and sold by RB Plant in Albenga and nobody doubts their beauty.
With their large crinkly-edged leaves and their intense colours ranging from white to green and from pink to purple, the plant is also highly respected for its resistance to the cold and frost of winter.
An ideal plant for northern countries but splendid wherever you find it: on terraces and balconies, in flowerbeds and in gardens.
Ornamental cabbages: growing advice
Considering how easy it is to care for, the ornamental cabbage is the ideal plant for those of us who do not have green fingers. It does not need much care and will adapt to all types of climate.
In fact, it copes well with both heat and cold and, grown in pots, will remain attractive until March, whilst grown in the ground it will remain vigorous until spring and beyond.
It actually prefers to remain outdoors in the fresh air and not confined to an indoor space.
Once you have bought an ornamental cabbage you should set about repotting in a large pot, taking care to spread a thin layer of gravel or river sand to help drainage. In this situation, it should be sparingly watered every other day.
If you grow your ornamental cabbage in the ground, make sure to place it either in a sunny position, watering daily or in a semi-shady place watering every two or three days.
This plant does not need pruning; simply removing any damaged areas is sufficient.
Ornamental cabbages: feeding
This is a plant that needs feeding approximately every 20 days.
You can give it flowering plant specific liquid feeds, diluting the feed with the irrigation water. Or as an alternative you can spread some slow release phosphorous-rich feed around the plants trunk
Ornamental cabbages: curiosity
Did you know that the colour of an ornamental cabbage gets more intense after the first frost?