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Danish Ballhead Cabbage Seeds

Brassica oleracea

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Start your seeds inside 8-12 weeks before the last spring frost, planting them in rich soil 1/2 inch deep and 2 inches apart. Because the first crop of cabbage should mature before the heat of summer, plant your seedlings about 4 weeks before the last expected frost; set them 12-18" apart in rows 3-4' apart, burying the stems about halfway up. For a fall crop, direct sow or transplant seedlings in midsummer. For companion planting benefits, plant cabbage with aromatic herbs or potatoes; avoid planting them with tomatoes or pole beans. Herbs such as thyme, peppermint, sage, and rosemary will repel the destructive white cabbage moth.

Growing: If hard frosts come, cover the young plants; however, Danish Ballhead appreciates cool weather. Mulch around them to regulate soil temperature, and keep the soil moisture even to prevent the cabbages from splitting.

Harvesting: Harvest the cabbages as soon as feel firm and reach a good size. Small cabbages tend to be more tender, while large cabbages from fall growth keep well over the winter.

Seed Saving: Late in the fall, mulch at least six different cabbage plants to ensure genetic diversity. If the climate is cold, digging up the entire plant and storing it over the winter will be necessary - keep it in moist sand at a temperature of about 40 degrees F. Replant 4-6 weeks before the last spring frost. If the heads are still firm, cut a deep X in the top to provide an easier exit for the stem. The stem will grow about 4-5' tall, with many four petaled yellow flowers. Allow the flowers to mature; when the seed pods form, pick them and allow them to dry. Remove them from the pods and store them in a dry, cool place for up to five years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Brassica oleracea

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 7,000

Planting Method: From Transplant

Height: 14 Inches

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~500 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $4.80 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $6.00 -+
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $15.00 -+
5 Lb Mylar (2.72kg) $67.50 Sold Out
10 Lb Mylar (4.54kg) $120.00 Sold Out
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Danish Ballhead cabbage produces solid, round heads great for fresh or cooked eating. Excellent for winter storage! Heads reach about 5 lbs. and mature in about 100 days.
Danish Ballhead cabbage descends from a variety of cabbage called Amager, dating back to the 15th century; it was cultivated on the island of Amager by Dutch colonists. W. Atlee Burpee & Company of Philadelphia offered Danish Ballhead to their customers for the first time in 1887.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Start your seeds inside 8-12 weeks before the last spring frost, planting them in rich soil 1/2 inch deep and 2 inches apart. Because the first crop of cabbage should mature before the heat of summer, plant your seedlings about 4 weeks before the last expected frost; set them 12-18" apart in rows 3-4' apart, burying the stems about halfway up. For a fall crop, direct sow or transplant seedlings in midsummer. For companion planting benefits, plant cabbage with aromatic herbs or potatoes; avoid planting them with tomatoes or pole beans. Herbs such as thyme, peppermint, sage, and rosemary will repel the destructive white cabbage moth.

Growing: If hard frosts come, cover the young plants; however, Danish Ballhead appreciates cool weather. Mulch around them to regulate soil temperature, and keep the soil moisture even to prevent the cabbages from splitting.

Harvesting: Harvest the cabbages as soon as feel firm and reach a good size. Small cabbages tend to be more tender, while large cabbages from fall growth keep well over the winter.

Seed Saving: Late in the fall, mulch at least six different cabbage plants to ensure genetic diversity. If the climate is cold, digging up the entire plant and storing it over the winter will be necessary - keep it in moist sand at a temperature of about 40 degrees F. Replant 4-6 weeks before the last spring frost. If the heads are still firm, cut a deep X in the top to provide an easier exit for the stem. The stem will grow about 4-5' tall, with many four petaled yellow flowers. Allow the flowers to mature; when the seed pods form, pick them and allow them to dry. Remove them from the pods and store them in a dry, cool place for up to five years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Brassica oleracea

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 7,000

Planting Method: From Transplant

Height: 14 Inches

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