Flowering Cabbage Seeds - Osaka Series Mix
- Seed Count: 100 Seeds
- Maturity Date: Approximately 85 days from transplanting
- Plant Type: Annual (Biennial by nature, but typically grown as an annual)
- Origin: Developed in Japan
- Foliage: Rosette formation with color intensifying as temperatures drop
- Growth Pattern: Compact, rosette pattern
- Soil Preference: Rich, well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.0-7.5
- Light Requirement: Full sun to partial shade
History: The Osaka Series of Flowering Cabbage is a uniquely bred selection that originates from Japan. Over the years, horticulturalists and plant breeders have focused on optimizing this plant for its aesthetic appeal, including its striking colors and patterns. The result is the Osaka Series, a set of flowering cabbages that boast vibrant hues and intricate rosettes, making them a popular choice for ornamental gardens around the world. This series has redefined the reputation of cabbage, transforming it from a humble kitchen vegetable to a stunning garden centerpiece.
Uses: The Osaka Series of Flowering Cabbage serves multiple functions in the garden and beyond. Most commonly, it's grown as a decorative ornamental plant in borders, beds, and containers, where its vibrant, rosette-shaped leaves can provide a burst of color in the late fall and early winter months. Additionally, they are often used as "filler" plants in mixed containers, where they can provide a colorful backdrop for other flowering plants. In a unique twist, the Osaka Series is also edible, although the leaves are often tougher and more bitter than typical culinary cabbages. Moreover, they make excellent cut plants, adding a unique aesthetic to floral arrangements.
Growth Habit & Planting Instructions: Growing Flowering Cabbage from the Osaka Series is straightforward but does require some specific steps. These plants prefer rich, well-drained soil with a pH range of 6.0-7.5. Sow seeds indoors around 6-10 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area. After the seeds have germinated, which usually takes about 5-10 days, transplant the seedlings outdoors when they are at least 2-4 inches high and have a minimum of two leaves. Place them about 12-18 inches apart in an area that receives full sun to partial shade. Water moderately but consistently and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer for optimum growth. One of the unique aspects of the Osaka Series is that the colors of the rosettes become more vivid as the weather cools, providing gardeners with a colorful late-season display.