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Q.will cabbage heads form from last years stem?

Zone 5(b)/6 | larryaha added on March 14, 2012 | Answered

I got lazy last fall and just now got out to clear my raised bed for this year’s plants. I noticed that several of the stalks/stems from last year’s cabbage are sprouting and looking like they are already forming heads. Is this a fluke?. Will they continue to form? One stalk looks like it has 4 heads on it already! We had a really mild winter here in Indiana. They aren’t taking up much space, so I guess I’ll just leave them but I was wondering if this is normal.

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Answered on March 18, 2012

They will form new leaves and they may get into a head like shape (where the leaves fold in over each other), but these offshoots will not form true heads. The leaves never grow tight enough to form the type of head you would get from a fresh plant. But, they are edible, so if you harvest them, you can use them like you would cabbage.

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