Awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit
A uniform, early maturing, vigorous red cabbage
Deep red, solid and compact heads
Remarkably sweet flavour and high quality
This product is produced and supplied in association with Thompson & Morgan
Cabbage 'Ruby Ball' is a uniform, early maturing, vigorous red cabbage producing deep red, solid and compact heads for late summer and autumn cropping. The remarkably sweet flavour and high quality makes this RHS AGM variety ideal for cooking as well as pickling. Height: 40cm (16”). Spread: 60cm (24”).
1 packet (40 seeds) (23619)
Sow autumn cabbage seed indoors seed from March to May. Alternatively direct sow outdoors from late March into a well prepared seedbed, for transplanting to their final positions later on. Sow at a depth of 13mm (1/2") and distance of 23cm (9") between rows.
Indoors, sow seed at a depth of 12mm (1/2") in trays of free-draining, seed sowing compost and cover with a layer of vermiculite. Place in a propagator or seal container inside a plastic bag at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F) until germination which takes 4 -7 days. Once germinated, grow Cabbage plants on in cooler conditions until all risk of frost has passed and plants are large enough to be transplanted with 2-3 true leaves.
Gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 - 10 days before planting cabbage in moist, rich, well drained soil in full sun. A fertile soil is essential as cabbages require high levels of nitrogen. Prepare the soil in early spring by adding plenty of well rotted farmyard manure to the soil to improve its structure and fertility. Apply lime to acid soils to reduce the acidity and lessen the risk of clubroot. Plant cabbages at a distance of 50cm (20") apart and cover with a protective netting or fleece to prevent attack from birds and insects. Place a collar around the stem of each plant to prevent cabbage root fly attacks. Water the plants thoroughly after planting.
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