Questions tagged [brassicas]

Plants in the 'cabbage' family, a genus of mustard.

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I thought I was growing cauliflowers

I planted these about 6 months ago thinking they were cauliflowers. Most of them seemed to go to seed(?) but one looks rather good and I am proposing to eat it. What are they and why did most of them ...
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Why is my purple sprouting broccoli growing pods?

I noticed today my purple sprouting broccoli is growing pods where leaves should be. Why is this? What can/should I do about it? I found a picture from someone else:
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Why would broccoli become all twisted at the root system?

I was looking at my broccoli plant today because it was at about a 60 degree angle, and noticed that the broccoli stem is twisting back and forth. What would cause this? I'm doing charged core ...
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How can I keep broccoli flowers from forming the same day the bud appears?

I'm growing purple broccoli, and the petals from the flower on top is forming the same day that it appears. How can I prevent this from happening so quickly? It's forming white petals if you're ...
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Need help identifying this worm

I noticed small holes in my kale and was concerned. When I looked under the leaf I saw this green worm (easy to spot). On more inspection I identified another 15 worms on this kale plant and another ...
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Redbor Kale having issues

All of a sudden the outer edges of some of the redbor kale leaves seem to be drying. Anyone know why this could happen?
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Harvesting Broccoli

I am growing some late season broccoli in my backyard in a raised bed. How do I decide the right time to harvest the broccoli? Are there any visual clues I can use? I can't use the time from ...
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Why does my cauliflower plant have leaves which are damaged and full of holes?

See attached picture of my cauliflower plant in my raised bed. Other plants are healthy but this one does not look as healthy. What could be the reason?
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Why is my Cauliflower not producing nice shape

See picture. Instead of one large cauliflower head it is producing individual florets. What is the possible reason for that? I have done the usual watering and fertilizing so don't think that is the ...
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When do cabbage moths lay their eggs?

I just transplanted my kale starts and I'm going to put my cabbage & broccoli plants in next. Last year we had some significant damage & developmental delays from cabbage moth caterpillars ...
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Why are my Brussels sprouts rotting

This plant is in its second year now, with lots of tiny Brussels sprouts. They don't seem to grow much at all in size, and many are rotting with the leaves going brown. What's causing this, and how ...
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Who left these eggs behind?

Found these on the leaves of my Brussels sprouts. Just wondering if I should remove them or leave them be. Yes, snail damage present as well so I need to remove from under the leaves.
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Brassicas seed saving

I plan on growing a few different brassicas such as cabbages and bok choy, and I'd like to collect seeds from these open pollinated varieties so that I don't have to keep buying seeds. How do I ...
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Should I cut off the stems of my bolting pak choi?

My whole pak choi spring harvest is bolting right now (I sowed in a green house very early to get a second one in if need be). However I read that with pak choi when the plant is bolting it usually ...
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Do white butterfly decoys work against Pieris rapae?

I've seen various articles/posts to say that decoy artificial white butterflies, such as the one I just made, are effective in preventing attack of brassicas by the white butterfly Pieris rapae. The ...
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What is this leaf vegetable with thin pale green stalks and mid-green leaves?

I thought I planted the Asian vegetable seed bok choy but what is coming out from the ground does not look like bok choy? Do you know what it is?
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When to transplant brassicas in legumes bed

I am growing sweet peas, broad beans and chickpeas for the summer, in an outdoor raised bed. I bought some nice organic broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale seeds for autumn-winter harvesting, and in my ...
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What is the optimal raised bed depth for Brassicas?

I built two large raised beds in my new garden, but couldn't manage to fill them to the top. The bottom is closed with cardboard and has a layer of prunings and hay 1-3 cm deep. I planted anyway 10 ...
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Is this a brussels sprout plant?

I'm in North Carolina and a couple of these plants just sprouted in my garden. It is currently about 3 feet tall after at most a month of growing. Because of the leaves my intuition is these are ...
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What is this liquid that looks like dew drops on my brassica leaf margins?

I fertilized my plants today and watered them well. Tonight, when I looked at my vegetable patch, I found tiny drops of transparent liquid on some of my half-grown brassicas. They're on the leaf ...
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Are new caterpillar eggs added daily to a brassica that's already under attack?

I've got a few broccoli plants which are under attack from caterpillars. They aren't currently netted. I manually "weeded" all the caterpillars off the most distressed plant (and some of the other ...
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Why are the tops of my Brussels Sprouts turning purple?

What does it mean when the tops of the Brussels Sprouts start to turn purple?
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When should I start worrying about holes and leaf damage in my brassicas?

Brassicas are notoriously hard to protect and we have all seen cabbage and broccoli leaves stripped down to a sort of skeleton as a result of pests. But netting goes a long way to solving the problem. ...
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How should mustard seeds be collected?

This is probably a simple question but I just want to know any common advice for collecting seeds from mustard greens. 4-5 self-seeded mustards (Brassica juncea) popped up in the autumn and I just ...
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What is the best time and method for planting cauliflowers / broccoli in a southern US climate with frosts?

Inspired by the various brassicas questions, I was thinking of trying to grow some. Choosing something that I would eat, I'm thinking of either broccoli and/or cauliflower. From what I have been able ...
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How to protect broccoli seedlings from high winds?

I am experimenting this autumn with more autumn/winter vegetables than I am used to. I have cabbages and leeks near maturity which will be the main events, but I've also put in some August sown purple ...
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My broccoli has started to head up. Anything I should know?

First time broccoli planter. A couple of my plants have just started to form heads, is there anything special I need to do? How do I know when its ready? Also, what is the proper way to harvest ...
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Does it matter if my cabbage forms its heart some way off the ground?

My cabbages have been growing strongly, but until recently mostly big loose leaves, not hearts. Now they're beginning to heart up, but some way up the stalk and off the ground (about 12-15cm up the ...
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Do brassicas like to be transplanted deeper than the previous pot?

I know that tomatoes should be transplanted deeper than they were in the previous pot. When I'm potting up broccoli and cabbage, are they the same way? Can I bury part of the stem when I go from a 6-...
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How dangerous are the roots of brassicas (cabbage, broccoli etc)?

I've read that putting the roots of brassicas in the compost is a bad idea because of the risk of disease. I've also read that you shouldn't even plant them in the same spot for three years! What ...
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Crop rotation theory v. practice

Every guide to growing vegetables will have an early section on rotating roots, brassicas and legumes. There might even be a little diagram with neat evenly spaced and sized areas marked out for each ...