Famosa F2 Savoy Cabbage
Improvement status: Deconstructed hybrid/Breeding material
Seeds per packet: ~100
Germination tested 12/2019: 96%
Life cycle: Biennial
Famosa F1' is a hybrid savoy cabbage developed for short growing seasons and considered excellent for organic production. These seeds are next-generation ("F2") seeds, produced by letting the commercial F1 hybrid go to seed. They may display a great deal of diversity. Saving seeds from hybrids like this is the first step in the "de-hybridization" process, used to great effect by inspiring seed heroes like Carol Deppe, Alan Kapuler, Don Tipping, and Frank Morton. You can start with seeds like this, and by saving only the best performing cabbage plants in your growing system, or ones with a particular trait you're looking for, over a few generations you will have your own new variety. Or you can keep the population diverse by saving a wide range of types. We're very curious to know what these seeds do for you, so please let us know (and send photos!). These seeds were grown by Cass McKinnon and Clint Freund in Wisconsin.
GROWING TIPS: Probably best to transplant in healthy plant starts, but you could also direct seed. Plants could end up 14-24 inches apart, the more space they have the bigger they can get. In places further north we'd suggest getting them going early in the spring, as in short seasons we have issues with cabbages maturing in time if you plant, for example, in late July for fall harvest.