Split heart

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A split Primo 2 cabbage heart

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



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


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


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


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]


  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