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Cabbage Primo 2 Split Heart

A split Primo 2 cabbage heart

Split heart is a condition of cabbages whereby a large split appears in the head.

SymptomsEdit

SummerEdit

When heads are mature, a sudden heavy rain may cause heads to crack or split wide open.[1]

WinterEdit

In winter the cause is a sudden sharp frost.[2]

TreatmentEdit

None. The exposed internal tissue soon becomes unusable. Harvest and salvage split heads as soon as possible after they are discovered.[1]

PreventionEdit

Cabbage can be harvested anytime after the heads form. For highest yield, cut the cabbage heads when they are solid (firm to hand pressure) but before they crack or split.[1] Foliar feeding at the first sign of trouble helps to harden the leaf tissue, but it is better to prevent trouble by watering regularly during drought.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. a b c (2010). Cabbage - Harvesting. University of Illinois Extension. Retrieved: 2010-08-09.
  2. a b Hessayon, D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. p. 75. ISBN 9780903505468

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