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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

DAYS TO HARVEST
85

SOWING
For early planting, start seeds indoors with soil temperatures ~60 degrees (minimum 55 degrees). Plant ~1/4″ in soil and keep evenly moist. Make sure seedlings have enough light otherwise they may become leggy and not develop properly upon transplanting. Harden off transplants around 4  or 5 weeks by bringing trays outdoors a few days to a week before transplanting. The plants should have 3 or 4 true leaves at this point.
In cooler climates, seeds can be direct sown after the soil warms to about 55-60 degrees. If there is still a danger of frost, make sure seedlings are covered. Add 2-3 weeks to harvest date.

LIGHT PREFERENCE
Partial to full sun

SOIL REQUIREMENTS
Prefers clay-loam soils with a pH close to neutral. May require calcium and/or boron.

PLANT HEIGHT
14-18″

PLANT SPACING
~16″ in between plants

HARDINESS
Cole crops and their waxy leaves are particularly well suited to colder growing regions especially if adapted to the area. Cabbage usually withstands a couple frosts. Even if cabbage is hit by a hard frost, you can still harvest and remove the outer damaged leaves to reveal the untouched inner leaves and heart of the cabbage.

HARVEST
Harvest when the head has completely formed. To check if head is ready, squeeze the head. If it is firm like a softball, it is ready for harvest. Cabbage can remain unharvested but watch for splitting down the center which indicates that the cabbage is trying to flower.

This is a good storage cabbage.

USES & COOKING SUGGESTIONS

Change up a traditional coleslaw by trying this Cabbage, Carrot, and Peanut Slaw from the Kitchn. Great for a cold winter’s soup and salad evening!

Additional Information

Size

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

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