The average cabbage weights 2 to 4 pounds. Avery Pope, a third-grader at Bonner Elementary in Moncks Corner, grew a 19.5-pound cabbage and was the state winner of the National Bonnie Plant Cabbage Program.

Each participating class selected a picture of the best cabbage.

Those photos then were randomly selected by Hugh Weather, commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Joan Casanova, spokeswoman for Bonnie Plants, said the company gives each student a 2-inch cabbage to plant at home that takes about eight weeks to fully develop.

Casanova said that particular variety of cabbage grows to be around 40 pounds.

“Kids can’t just plant it and forget it. They have to take care of it. They really have to nurture the plant in order for it to grow that big,” she said.

Casanova said the program not only teaches children how to garden, but also how to be responsible and provides them with confidence when their plants do well.

Avery was awarded a $1,000 savings bond from Bonnie Plants to go toward his education. About 27,730 South Carolina students participated in the program.

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