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110 – Heike-Marie’s Improved

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Certified Biodynamic

This is a selection out of a cross between the Dottenfelder storage cabbage and the European storage cabbage. This selection by Heike-Marie Eubanks has increased vigor and the good storage qualities of both Dottenfelder and European. We found this cabbage sweet and energetic in our trials, slightly quicker to head up than the original Dottenfelder, but holding well in the field. Thank-you Heike-Marie for bringing this delightful cabbage to the world!

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Product Description

Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea

Family: Mustard

Type: Hardy Annual

Native Range: Pacific Basin excluding Hawaii

Hardiness Zones: 3-10; cole crops and their waxy leaves are particularly well-suited to colder growing regions, especially if adapted to the area; usually withstands a couple of frosts; even if outside of cabbage is frost-damaged, outer leaves can still be removed for edible cabbage;

Soil Requirements: Clay-loam soil with pH close to neutral; may require calcium or boron; heavy feeder and should have plenty of compost; mulching will help to keep soil evenly moist in hot weather;

Light Preference: Partial to full sun

Water: Keep evenly moist

Days until Germination: 5-17 days

Sowing: For early planting, start seeds indoors with soil temperatures around 60°; plant about 1/4″ in soil; harden off transplants at around 4-5 weeks; transplant when 3-4 true leaves have shown; in cooler climates seeds can be direct-sown after the soil warms to 55°-60°;

Plant Spacing: Plant seeds 4″-6″ but thin to 14″-24″;

Plant Height: 14″-18″

Harvest: 85 days from transplant; if head feels firm like softball when squeezed, it is ready; can remain unharvested but watch for splitting down the center–an indication the cabbage is trying to flower;

Grows Well With: Dill; celery; chamomile; sage; peppermint; rosemary; potatoes; beets; onions;

Grows Poorly With: Tomatoes; pole beans; strawberries; hyssop; thyme; wormwood; southernwood;

Potential Problems: Heat stress; seedlings must have enough light or they will get leggy and develop improperly after transplant; aphids; cabbage worms; loopers; root maggots; flea beetles; symphylans; white cabbage butterfly; clubroot;

Additional Information

Size

S ~ 25 seeds, L ~ 100 seeds, XL ~ 400 seeds

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