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Do brassicas like to be transplanted deeper than the previous pot?

This has worked for me for 20+ years, just like tomatoes. And of course, don't over water to avoid root rot.
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Brassicas seed saving

I guess you can do it as for other varieties? http://seedworld.com/cross-pollination-8/ Cover the flower heads. This technique (also known as "bagging") will need to be done before the flowers ...
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I thought I was growing cauliflowers

This looks very much like romanescu, it's normally green but there seem to be pictures of purple ones on Google. As far as going to seed; the head on cauliflower or broccoli is a flower, so they don't ...
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When do cabbage moths lay their eggs?

Where I am the cabbage moth was active the whole summer until mid autumn. In fact people said it was such a good summer that we had several generations of cabbage moths this year. I tried row covers ...
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Do white butterfly decoys work against Pieris rapae?

They do not help at all. The presence of another butterfly will often attract these, and you will often see numbers of them visiting the same plants. Even when finding a spot to lay eggs. They avoid a ...
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Why is my Cauliflower not producing nice shape

Like cabbage's family plants, cauliflower has a growth phase followed by a flowering phase. It usually takes two seasons, with a winter in the middle. It looks like this plant is on its second growth ...
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Brassicas seed saving

Cover the plants with lightweight fabric or row covers, and hand pollinate them yourself. It's a lot of work, and keep in mind that brassicas are biennial so you'll have to wait until year 2 to get ...
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Harvesting Broccoli

Cut the floret bunch off as soon as it looks big enough. Don't wait too long as it gets pithy. Broccoli and cauliflower are very tasty young and smallish. If you harvest sooner they might be able to ...
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Why is my purple sprouting broccoli growing pods?

What you have here are seed pods - your broccoli has started to go to seed. The plant is approaching the end of its lifecycle, when it developes seeds for a new generation and dies. The leaves are no ...
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Need help identifying this worm

cabbage worm and control Cabbage worm I've seen these little dudes often. They can damage quite a bit...see the white moths, their parents? Very common. This is the first article I've found that ...
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What is this plant? Looks like a brassica, if so, what type?

The single species Brassica oleracea contains a huge range of different forms grown as food crops, including cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, etc. The ones in your ...
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Why does my cauliflower plant have leaves which are damaged and full of holes?

It looks as though it's been ravaged by insects. Are you sure you don't have cabbage worms, aphids etc attacking this plant. Sometimes I see that the weakest plant in a group of plants gets ...
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Why is my Cauliflower not producing nice shape

Cauliflower needs uninterrupted growth because interruptions can cause the plants to develop a head prematurely. Usually the flowers stay small and open up in summer, when the night temperature doesn'...
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What is this leaf vegetable with thin pale green stalks and mid-green leaves?

It looks to me like an Amaranthaceae, maybe a Betta sp. (vulgaris, etc...).
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Should I cut off the stems of my bolting pak choi?

Bok choy is a cool season crop and bolting is triggered by lengthening photoperiods ( daylight hours exceeding 16 hours, or darkness less than 8 hours for a month ), and temperatures below 55 deg F ( ...
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Are new caterpillar eggs added daily to a brassica that's already under attack?

To answer the question, yes, the white butterfly does repeatedly lay eggs even on infested plants, selecting those leaves with the highest nitrogen content which are the growing parts of your ...
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When to transplant brassicas in legumes bed

Read the seed packets, they usually tell you length of time to harvest. Like 60-75 days, or something similar. Plan accordingly to when you want to harvest. I garden by planting new seeds every two ...
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Why are my Brussels sprouts rotting

This link https://www.plantvillage.org/en/topics/brussels-sprouts discusses the problems seen with Brussels sprouts. Small buds can result from boron deficiency, and black/brown leaves from fungal ...
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Who left these eggs behind?

They look like Moth eggs to me, and the larvae that turn into moths could be responsible for that damage. (Moth larvae:Moth::Caterpillar:Butterfly) It's possible they're slug eggs. It's uncommon but ...
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What are these little black bugs on my arugula in Denver CO?

These are possibly flea beetles. They enjoy warm dry weather and particularly like brassica crops of which of course arugula is a member. So one way to reduce the attacks is to sow as early as ...
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I thought I was growing cauliflowers

Looks like romanescu, a broccoli.
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Redbor Kale having issues

Turns out this is related to some excessive and abnormal heat wave we had for a few days. The plant seems to have recovered, except for the few leaves that got hit with the excessive heat. In ...
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Why has my broccoli fallen over?

Plant them out when they are smaller. They fall over because the transplanted roots can't find enough water to keep the plant stem rigid. Watering the plants doesn't completely solve this, because the ...
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Diagnosing white fuzz on kale. Is this powdery mildew?

Yes this looks like mildew, probably because the weather has chanced and the moisture levels in the air are higher now. I have treated mildew once, not on kale but on an oak bonsai tree. I used a mix ...
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What kind of cabbage is this?

Looks like some other cole ,like kohlrabi ;it is difficult to identify from photo.
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What's up with this rot on our brassicas?

This is bacterial soft rot I have this same problem in my cabbage and and collards. Temperatures are very hot and humid which is ideal for this problem. The rot stinks terribly. https://gardener....
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Why would broccoli become all twisted at the root system?

This is likely to be a disease called club root which affects many plants in the Brassicaea family caused by Plasmodiaphora brassicae. You will likely get stunted growth above ground and root ...
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How can I keep broccoli flowers from forming the same day the bud appears?

Too hot broccoli is a cold weather crop.
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When do cabbage moths lay their eggs?

I'm far from expert on the subject, but covering when you set them out is advisable; the white cabbage moths are active in cooler weather, and I'm certain I saw the little beasts the very day ...
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Brassicas seed saving

Pac choi is a different species from cabbage so they will not cross. Cabbage, some kales, cauliflowers, brussels sprouts, and broccoli are the same species and will cross. Brassica seed lasts many ...

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