NC State Floriculture

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale Cultivar Trial

James L. Gibson and Brian E. Whipker

Listed below are 26 cultivars of ornamental cabbage and kale trialed in 8 inch mum pans at the Horticultural Science Field Lab in Raleigh, NC. They are listed by plant type.

Seeds were sown on July 22, 1999, and plugs were transplanted on August 20. Plants were sprayed with B-Nine at 2500, 2500 [(2x) 14 days apart], or 5000 ppm 2 weeks after potting. Plants were evaluated on November 3.

For a detailed description as well as cultural information, click on the specific cultivar below.

Cultivar

Type*

Growth Habit**

Days Until Color

Seed Source***

Coral Prince

NK

T

57.7

B

Coral Queen

NK

M

46.3

B, FG

Flamingo Plumes

NK

V

50.7

FG

Peacock White

NK

V

58.7

B, FG, N, P

Snow Prince

NK

T

58.3

FG

Color-up Pink

OC

T

53.7

P

Color-up Red

OC

M

48.3

P

Color-up White

OC

M

54.2

P

Osaka Pink

OC

T

54.0

B, FG, N

Osaka Red

OC

T

41.5

B, FG, N

Osaka White

OC

M

58.5

B, FG, N

Pigeon Red

OC

M

47.0

B

Pigeon White

OC

M

54.2

B

Rose Bouquet

OC

T

45.8

B

Tokyo Pink

OC

M

56.8

FG, N

Tokyo Red

OC

T

43.8

FG, N

Tokyo White

OC

M

59.2

FG, N

Chidori Red

CK

S

38.8

B, FG

Chidori White

CK

S

62.0

B

Frizzy White

CK

S

62.5

P

Kamone White

CK

S

59.3

B

Nagoya Red

CK

S

44.0

B, FG, N, P

Nagoya Rose

CK

D

48.5

B, FG, N, P

Nagoya White

CK

D

62.3

B, FG, N, P

Sparrow Red

CK

S

48.5

B

Sparrow White

CK

S

62.2

B

*Plant Type: OC= Ornamental cabbage, NK= Notched kale, CK= Curly kale

**V= Vigorous, T= Tall, M= Medium, S = Short, D= Dwarf

*** Seed Sources

B = Ball Seed- (800) 879-2255

FG = Fred C. Gloeckner- (914) 698-2300

N = Novartis Seeds- (800) 323-7253

P = Parks Seed- (800) 845-3369

Thanks to Ingram McCall, Paul Lineberger, and Bradley Holland for their technical support, Fafard for the root substrate, Scotts for the fertilizer, and for grant support the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation, the Uniroyal Chemical Co. and the North Carolina Commercial Flower Growers' Assn.

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