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Taking outer cabbage leaves early ok 2 grow head still?

 
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I'm in zone 5 (Canadian Rockies). Been gifted with radishes and thought to make a kimchi kraut including a few of outer cabbage leaves from each plant that's doing well, at least. Like does the cabbage plant need even those most outer leaves that are almost or resting on the ground? I wouldn't think so, maybe just wondering if common practice?  Thanks, OgreNick
 
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Yes, you can "steal" a few of them and use them, but don't take them all, as they are the solar panels that the plant uses to convert sunshine to sugars.  If you pick them all and just leave the head of cabbage sitting there like a bowling ball, there isn't anything to photosynthisize with.  If you take too many, you'll retard the growth of the cabbage itself.
 
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Thanks, I figured as much, but wanted to show to my partner this wasn't just my POV. We got relatively lotsa cabbages, so a few leaves from each is no biggy. Remaining a fan of fan leaves, OgreNick
 
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I snitch a few leaves every year. If I snitch too many I get a small head, but, I think it Is worth it.
 
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