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Copenhagen Market Cabbage Seeds

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Copenhagen Market (65-75days)  

Copenhagen Market was produced by Hjalmar Hartman & Co., of Copenhagen, Denmark and introduced in the U.S. in 1909.  A chance seedling believed to be from the old German variety Ditmarscher.  Burpee released it publicly in 1911. 

An early ball-head type heirloom cabbage, Copenhagen Market is an excellent cabbage  that has been an favorite of gardeners, market growers and cabbage fans all over the world.  Copenhagen Market has literally set the standard as the model for all commercial cabbage varieties developed since.

Copenhagen Market produces a heavy yield of 4 to 5 pound, 7 inch round heads of cabbage.  Height of the plant is about 12-14" and width is about 25". 

This tight, well formed head allows the gardener to get far more cabbages in a small space compared to other varieties. 

An excellent cabbage for fresh or cooked applications. 

Many use Copenhagen Market for a tasty sauerkraut. 

This is a short season variety especially valuable for early planting, but is not recommended for over-wintering in the Northern states.  Normally does fine over-wintered in the Southern States where the winters are not as harsh.

1937     McFayden Seed Co. says about Copenhagen Market Cabbage...
"Early, Very solid, and an Immense Yielder. For home growing, for market and for making into kraut. The heads are perfectly round, 6 to 7 inches in diameter, and weigh 3 1/2 to 4 lbs each. In favorable seasons may reach 5 to 7 lbs. Matures about a week after Golden Acre."

1936     James Seed Co. says about Copenhagen Market Cabbage....
"The earliest of the ball-shaped cabbages, under favorable conditions maturing a crop in six weeks from transplanting. The plants are saucer shaped, forming heads averaging 8 lbs. a few inches from the ground, with few outside leaves, thus allowing of close planting.  Copenhagen Market Cabbage grows to its best if the seed is planted in early June and the plants set out in July. Fine hard heads will be formed before frost, and these late heads will keep well if stored in a cool but frost-proof place."

 Copenhagen Market Cabbage is a fantastic keeper with tight heads that rarely split.  Learn how to store your harvest in a trench in the ground or hung upside down by the roots in this great little book for only $3.95

Copenhagen Market Cabbage is Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region.  CA, FL,

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1/4" 190-300 45-75 5-10 18" 24" 100 lb. Full

Planting Tips:

Start spring seedlings 4-5 weeks before transplanting.  Start fall transplants 2-3 months before first frost.  Transplant out to the garden when 3” tall at least 90 days before your first frost in midsummer.  When transplanting, enrich soil with a little blood and bone meal.  Needs cool temperatures to head properly – will bolt in heat.  Keeping soil evenly moist is a must for a healthy crop.

Set out your spring cabbage transplants early enough so that they can mature before the heat of summer, about 5 weeks before the last frost. For a longer cabbage harvest, plant 2 or 3 varieties with different maturities.

Soil:  Surprisingly, heirloom organic cabbage will do well on heavy clay soil, although it prefers a rich heavy loam.  It delights in copious amounts of composted manure mixed into the soil bed.  Remember not to plant cabbage seed in the same place year to year.  The soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.5 for optimum growth and to discourage clubroot disease.

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.

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