Heirloom Cabbage Info: Tips For Growing Danish Ballhead Cabbage Plants

Heirloom Cabbage Info: Tips For Growing Danish Ballhead Cabbage Plants

By:
Teo Spengler







Cabbage
is a popular winter
crop
in this country, and Danish Ballhead heirloom cabbage is among the top
favorite varieties. For over a century, Danish Ballhead cabbage plants have
been grown as dependable winter
crops in cool locations
.

If you are interested in growing this type of cabbage, read
on. We’ll give you information on this variety and tips on Danish Ballhead cabbage
care.

Danish Ballhead Heirloom Cabbage

Europeans have been growing Danish Ballhead for centuries.
The early strain of this heirloom
vegetable
was the Danish variety Amager, named for the island of Amager
near Copenhagen. It was cultivated as far back as the 15th century.

Specimens of this cabbage variety were introduced to the
United States in 1887 as Danish Ballhead cabbage plants. It is known as a
reliable storage type cabbage that resists both bolting
and splitting.
The heads are solid and offer a sweet, mild flavor that makes them great for
boiling, slaws, and kraut.

Danish Ballhead Cabbage Seeds

If you are interested in growing Danish Ballhead cabbage,
you’ll be pleased to learn that it isn’t very difficult. The variety does
especially well in the northeast and mountainous regions. It doesn’t grow as
well in hot areas. However, once the plants are established, they can withstand
hot, dry weather and do not rot in wet seasons.

You can easily find Danish Ballhead cabbage seeds online or
at your local garden store. Given the name, it is no surprise that the seeds
produce round heads of cabbage, a lovely blue-green in color. They mature after
100 days and grow to about 10 inches (25 cm.) in diameter.

Danish Ballhead Cabbage Care

If you are starting Danish Ballhead cabbage seeds indoors,
do so 4 to 6 weeks before the last spring frost. Transplant to the garden just
before that last
frost date
. For outdoor planting, wait until early spring or mid-summer.

Plant the seeds at a depth of ½ inch (1.27 cm.). Cabbage
care should include regular irrigation and fertilizer as well as mulching to help
the soil retain moisture
. Plants mature to 12-14 inches (30-36 cm.) tall
and 24-28 inches (61-71 cm.) wide. The heads produced are hard and tight and
they store extremely well.

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