Cabbage 'Copenhagen Market'

Brassica oleracea capitata 'Copenhagen Market'

Cabbage, Kool (Afr.)

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Cabbages belong to the Mustard family that include broccoli, cauliflowers, kale and brussel sprouts. Cabbage demands even moisture to produce good heads. Mulch with compost, finely ground leaves, or finely ground bark to keep the soil cool and moist and to keep down weeds. Vigor and flavour decline with heat. Although cool weather enhances flavour, plants may flower (bolt) in extended cold spells in cold climates or in heat spells in warm climates.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Cabbage heads are ready to harvest within 3 - 4 months after sowing. Heads should feel firm to the touch. Cut cabbages just below the head but don’t pull the stems up straight away.

Propagation

Seed

Sowing time in late summer with a spacing of 45 - 60 cm. Sowing depth between 6 - 7 mm and the germination time is on average 10 - 14 days.

Special features

Crop rotation

Heavy Feeder- rotate with other groups of vegetables like beans(N-fixer) or root crops or light feeders like salads. Do not replant in the same area in less than 2-3 years!

Attracts useful insects

Butterflies when flowers form in second year.

Special features

Origin

Denmark

Natural climate

Cool season

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Cabbages contain Vitamin C and K and as well as dietary fiber.

Edible

Leaves form a round head that grows to 2 - 2.5 kg at maturity, which can be scrunched raw in coleslaw, steamed, pickled or stir-fried.

Notes

Culinary

Personality

Family

Brassicaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

Mild

Problems

White cabbage butterflies are the biggest pest. Control eggs on leaves to prevent hatching. Other pests include, cabbage aphids, cabbage root maggot, cabbage worms , flea Beetles and cutworms. Control by keeping beds weed free or handpick worms. Avoid wetting foliage if possible to stop Alternaria porri.

Related Problems

Companion plants

Onions, leeks, spring onions, celery, cucumber, potatoes, dill, sage, rosemary, borage
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