Single Packet of 300 Seeds
Danish Ballhead Cabbage is known for its unequaled keeping qualities. Due to its tight heads, it is one of the best varieties for storage. It is a strain of the old Danish variety called Amagar which dates back to the 15th century when it was cultivated on the island of Amagar, Denmark by Dutch colonists. W. Atlee Burpee & Company introduced it in 1887. Today’s variety produces a sweet, mild flavor that is delicious when served as coleslaw, sauerkraut or the more traditional boiling method. The smaller cabbages tend to be more tender than the larger heads which range in size from 5 – 7 pounds. These medium-size heads are of a blue-green color. The plant itself is 12 – 14” tall and 24 – 28” wide. This late fall variety is ready for harvest as soon as they reach a good size and feel firm to the touch.
As with other varieties, there are several pests that can cause serious damage if uncontrolled. These include the white cabbage moth, cabbageworm, flea beetles, cutworm and aphids. To control, consider the use of row covers and cardboard collars around each plant. A hard stream of water can reduce aphids and cabbageworms can be handpicked. Good companion plants that repel pests include aromatic herbs such as thyme, sage, peppermint and rosemary as well as chamomile and dill. Other companion plants include celery, cucumbers, kale and onions. Combative plants that do not work well when planted next to Danish Ballhead Cabbage include broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, eggplants and tomatoes. Diseases to be aware of are purple blotch and clubroot. Techniques to help ensure healthy plants include watering early in the day, avoiding wet foliage and keeping on top of weeds.
This heavy producing cabbage is a good source of vitamins A , B6 and C. Store it uncut to preserve its vitamin C content.
Sowing The Seed
Cabbage is a cool seasoned crop, which is well suited for the early Spring and early to late Autumn season. The seeds can be started indoors, or directly outdoors. If started indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost, at a depth of 1/4” under topsoil. Transplant into the garden, or direct sow outdoors, when the weather is slightly cool to warm. Check below for spacing and growth habits.
Cabbage plants, as explained above, will thrive in cooler temperatures. It is recommended to place them in an area of full sunlight, with temperatures averaging around 60F to 65F. The plants will need a soil that is rich in organic matter, but also well drained. If your sowing area is filled with hard, compact soil, we recommend adding in a light compost mix to improve drainage. Water the plants daily to ensure that the soil is kept moist until germination has occurred.
Germination & Growth
Cabbage seeds will typically take anywhere between 7 to 14 days to sprout open. The plants themselves will take up little garden space, and can be grown in rows. Each plant can be spaced about 18 to 24 inches apart from one another, in rows that are spaced about 24 to 30 inches apart. Fertilize when new leaves form, and when the heads begin to form. Harvest your Cabbage heads in roughly 110 days.