Cabbage "Splitting" Problem - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by lkn_50
February 9, 2010
Our cabbage plants were growing really well until the cabbage balls started to develop. The cabbage balls (about the size of a softball) started to crack/split down the middle of the ball. What is happening??? How can we prevent this??? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
February 9, 2010


Over-mature cabbage heads can split so be sure to harvest when they are fully formed but before they have a chance to split. If your cabbage heads are not over-mature, the splitting is weather related. Well developed heads may split if heavy rains
follow a prolonged dry spell. The splitting is caused by rapid growth promoted by improved growing conditions. Maintaining uniform growth with proper irrigation
may partially prevent this. The split heads are still edible, just harvest and eat them right away.

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