The Perennial Cabbage Walls of Nagaland

The Perennial Cabbage Walls of Nagaland

by Paul Edulis

cabbage living wall

On my recent plant hunting trip to Nagaland and Manipur, India, I was drawn to the local horticultural habit of growing perennial cabbages on the retaining walls of the villages and the roadsides.

No shortage of walls in these parts!

The villagers kept cabbage populations going on the walls by taking cuttings during the wet season and pushing the cuttings in to the cracks in the walls. The cabbage seem to thrive without any fertilizer and without irrigation.

The plants are harvested by removing the lower leaves for the pot and leaving the terminal shoots. Finally when the plants get to big they are cut in half and encouraged to shoot.

These shoots provide the cuttings for the new plants. This variety of cabbage doesn’t flower according to the locals. All in all, a very sustainable system.

Submitted by Paul Edulis