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SAPPHIRE, THE large- framed summer cabbage.

SAPPHIRE is a summer cabbage that has been part of the STARKE AYRES cabbage range for close to 4 years. During this time it has shown itself to be an excellent summer cabbage with high yield potential. The variety can withstand hot summer conditions and produces a large upright frame and head and is suited for the loose-head hawker market as well as the bagging market.  SAPPHIRE has a blue- green colour with very good uniformity and field holding capability.  Average head size ranges from 5 to 7kg.  This variety is specifically for growers looking to produce a large cabbage in the summer slot and will pleasantly surprise growers with its consistent quality.


SAPPHIRE is a variety that is best suited for the summer-autumn harvesting slot and takes approximately 85-95 days to maturity in summer (area and climate dependent).  Ideally SAPPHIRE should be sown from August to February.  Contact your sales representative or regional STARKE AYRES office for an excellent deal on SAPPHIRE for this summer!


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