Introduced by H. Hartman
& Company in 1909, this Denmark original has been a gardeners
favorite for over century. 6"-8" diameter and 3-4 lbs., it is
compact, tightly-wrapped, and perfect for small gardens. It is the standard
of excellence for many varieties that were developed after it! Adaptable
to a range of climates. Resists splitting and stores well.
When to sow outside: 10 to 12 weeks before average first fall frost.
When to start inside: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost for spring planting, or 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outdoors for fall crop. Start in pulp pots that go directly in the ground for minimal transplant shock. Plants may bolt if exposed to prolonged temperatures below 50° F, or extended heat.
Harvesting: Harvest heads as soon as they are well developed, firm, and solid when squeezed. Cut off heads at base with a sharp knife. Discard outermost leaves. Cabbages left in the ground beyond maturity are more subject to disease and splitting. To delay harvest and prevent the heads from splitting while still in the ground, give the heads a sharp 1/4 turn. This will break the feeder root, but allows smaller roots to continue to nourish the plant until harvested.
Artist: Libby Kyer