Ornamental cabbage and kale: avoiding lower leaf loss

August 06, 2014
Written by Brian E. Whipker, NC State University

Aug. 7, 2014 — Ornamental cabbage and kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala L.) are major fall crops for many growers. The colorful foliage and added height make the plants a nice compliment to fall pansies. 

Fertilizer recommendations vary, and there are suggestions that fertilization should be discontinued to enhance centre head development. This practice has been proven to be incorrect based on research from the master’s degree work by Dr. Jamie Gibson (currently technical specialist with Syngenta Flowers) at North Carolina  State University and observation of growers’ crops.  

A fertilization strategy that avoids lower leaf loss and produces high quality plants is discussed in this e-GRO Alert.

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