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Danish Ballhead Cabbage Seeds

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Danish Ballhead Cabbage Seeds (110 days)

A strain of the old Danish variety Amager, named for the island of Amager near Copenhagen.  Amager is mentioned as far back as the 15th century by Dutch colonists.  Altee Burpee introduced Danish Ballhead in the United States in 1887.

Danish Ballhead cabbage is reliable, bolt and split resistant. 

Very well suited to cool regions.  Not recommenced for those with hot weather.  However, we fall plant here on the farm with day time highs in the 90s and have little problem.  Our nights do dip in the 50s though.

This cabbage produces very  round, blue-green heads weighing 5-7 pounds. 

The plant is 12-14" tall and 24-28" wide.

Danish Ballhead is best transplanted in the late summer for first frost harvest.

Considered one of the best cabbages for storage because of the tight heads.

1890 Burpee Seed Catalog says about Danish Ballhead Cabbage....

"While in Denmark in 1886, we discovered a variety of cabbage called, from the shape of the heads, ball-head, which the Danes prize so highly that they grow it almost exclusively for winter cabbage, and annually export large quantities.  It has been selected for more than fifty years by the Danish gardeners.  The heads are hard, round of good marketable size, fine grained, and good keepers."

Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region .  OR

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1/4" 190-300 45-75 5-10 18" 24" 100 lb. Full

Planting Tips:

Start spring seedlings 4-5 weeks before transplanting.  Start fall transplants 2-3 months before first frost.  Transplant out to the garden when 3” tall at least 90 days before your first frost in midsummer.  When transplanting, enrich soil with a little blood and bone meal.  Needs cool temperatures to head properly – will bolt in heat.  Keeping soil evenly moist is a must for a healthy crop.

Set out your spring cabbage transplants early enough so that they can mature before the heat of summer, about 5 weeks before the last frost. For a longer cabbage harvest, plant 2 or 3 varieties with different maturities.

Soil:  Surprisingly, heirloom organic cabbage will do well on heavy clay soil, although it prefers a rich heavy loam.  It delights in copious amounts of composted manure mixed into the soil bed.  Remember not to plant cabbage seed in the same place year to year.  The soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.5 for optimum growth and to discourage clubroot disease.

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.

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