Cole Crops

Kathryn Fontenot, Singh, Raghuwinder, Strahan, Ronald E., Brown, Sebe, Koske, Thomas J., Sexton, Mary  |  7/7/2017 5:08:34 PM

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower are members of the Brassicaceae family and often called Brassicas or cole crops. These cool-season crops are somewhat hardy and will tolerate various degrees of frost. They grow best in the fall when the weather turns from warm to cool. When these crops mature in cool weather, they are of the highest quality. An early spring crop is possible, but you should select varieties that are heat-resistant and mature early.

If you grow your own fall or spring seedlings to transplant into the garden, start the seed five to six weeks ahead of time in a germinating mix. Keep moist, and do not fertilize until after the first true leaf has emerged.

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