Cabbage, fresh market (Code #147)
Soil Test RatingPotassium

Low K

Coast: 0-70 lbs/A

Pied: 0-120 lbs/A

Medium K

Coast: 71-170 lbs/A

Pied: 121-250 lbs/A

High K

Coast: 171-275 lbs/A

Pied: 251-400 lbs/A

Very High K

Coast: 275+ lbs/A

Pied: 400+ lbs/A

PhosphorusRecommended Pounds N-P205-K20 per Acre

Low P

Coast: 0-30 lbs/A

Pied: 0-20 lbs/A


Medium P

Coast: 31-60 lbs/A

Pied: 21-40 lbs/A


High P

Coast: 61-100 lbs/A

Pied: 41-75 lbs/A


Very High P

Coast: 100+ lbs/A

Pied: 75+ lbs/A


Coast = Coastal Plain    Pied = Piedmont, Mountain, and Limestone Valley


Recommended pH:6.3 to 6.8. If the pH is less than 6.3, see Lime Table B.
Nitrogen:Coastal Plain 175-225 pounds nitrogen (N) per acre.

Piedmont, Mountain, Limestone Valley 150-180 pounds nitrogen (N) per acre.


If soil test Mg level is low and lime is recommended, use dolomitic limestone; if soil test Mg is low and lime is not recommended, apply 25 pounds of Mg/Acre.

Coastal PlainLow: 0 - 60 lbs/acre Medium: 61 - 120 lbs/acre High: >120 lbs/acre
Piedmont Low: 0 - 120 lbs/acre Medium: 121 - 240 lbs/acre High: >240 lbs/acre
Zinc:If the Zn soil test level is low, apply 5 pounds of zinc per acre.
Sulfur:Apply 10 pounds of sulfur (S) per acre.
Boron:Apply 2 pounds of boron (B) per acre.
Calcium:If soil test calcium is less than 800 pounds/acre and pH is 6.5 or greater, apply 1,000 pounds gypsum per acre.

Fact Sheet:

Nitrogen (N) rates will vary depending on rainfall, soil type, irrigation, plant population and method and timing of applications.

For transplants, apply a starter solution using 3 pounds of 10-34-0 per 50 gallons of water.

For early growth stimulation apply a pop-up fertilizer using 100 to 150 pounds of 10-34-0 or similar material per acre. Apply the fertilizer 2 to 3 inches to the side of the seeds or plants and 2 to 3 inches below the seeds or roots.

Sulfate of potash magnesia may be used to supply a portion of the recommended potash (K2O) and to also supply magnesium (Mg) and sulfur (S).

For more efficient use of fertilizer split the applications, applying one-third to one-half down (banded or incorporated in the bed) and the remainder in 1 to 3 applications. If the fertilizer is broadcast, increase the application rates of phosphate (P2O5) and potash (K2O) 1½ to 2 times.