Updated on January 31, 2017

2017 LEAFY BRASSICAS (Cabbage Family)

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BRASSICA PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS (Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Mustard, Kohlrabi)

Planting Method A-:  Start indoors 4 weeks prior to setting out - several weeks prior to your last Spring frost. Place transplants about 1 foot apart.

Planting Method B-:  Direct seed in garden as soon as the soil can be worked. Thin or transplant when plants are 4 to 5 inches tall. Space about 1 foot apart.


Broccoli culture:  See cabbage which has similar culture requirements. Packet will contain at least 300 seeds unless noted otherwise.

Atlantic:  65 days.  Developed in 1960. Very uniform, compact, solid, bluish heads with heavy side shoots. We are almost out of seed and it appears this is yet another casualty of our times. We must be successful with our own seed production this year or this one may die out. We can no longer find a wholesale commercial source. We are searching for someone to grow this one for seed for us to purchase. Pkt. $2.00 (Lower germination; extra seed included. Please try to grow a seed crop.)

DeCicco:  50 days.  A very early sprouting type. Small head, lots of side shoots. Introduced in 1890. Pkt. $1.50

Piracicaba:  55 days.  From Brazil. A non-heading type. Loose type heads with lots of side shoots. Forms well in hot weather. Pkt. $3.00

Thompson:  78 days.  Another of Tim Peters' creations, best for Fall crops. Heads are slightly larger than Umpqua. Approximately 150 seeds per packet. Pkt. $2.50 Certified Organic Seed (Limit 1 Pkt.)

Umpqua Broccoli:  75 days.  An open pollinated type that will show some slight variations, but is of excellent quality. We make a second direct-seeded planting in late July and we get huge heads the first part of October. Developed by Tim Peters. Pkt. $2.50

Waltham 29:  80 days.  My old favorite prior to Umpqua's introduction. This variety does not head up well in the heat. Either plant it very early or it is best used for a Fall crop. Pkt. $1.25


Note:  Culture similar to cabbage. Approximately 500 seeds per packet.

Falstaff:  135 days.  Tall plants with deep red sprouts. Does much better than Rubine Red (which we used to grow). This variety is ornamental, yet functional. Pkt. $2.25

Long Island Improved:  130 days.  A superb tasting, highly nutritious vegetable when properly harvested. Wait to pick the crop after a hard freeze (at least 20 to 25F). If a good cold spell doesn't occur, the flavor will be strong. Pkt. $1.25

Mezzo Nano  110 days.  A nice variety which grows on 3 foot stalks with very firm sprouts. An open pollinated variety that is equal to any hybrid. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)


(16 Varieties to choose from)

Cabbage culture:  Start plants about 4 weeks prior to setting out. We set out here around mid-April. Approximately 500 seeds per packet.

All Seasons:  85 days.  Round heads, slightly flat on top, good heat resistance, 9 to 12 pound heads. Pkt. $1.25

Brunswick:  90 days.  Flat, drum head, 6 to 9 pounds, good storage type. Pkt. $1.25

Charleston Wakefield:  75 days.  4 to 6 pound conical heads, bigger and later than Early Jersey Wakefield. Pkt. $1.25

Copenhagen Market:  65 days.  Round, solid head, 6 to 8 inch diameter, 3 to 4 pounds. Not inclined to burst. Pkt. $1.25

Danish Ballhead:  90 days.  7 to 8 inch diameter, 5 to 7 pound heads. Keeps fairly well. Pkt. $1.25

Des Vertus Savoy:  60 days.  Very curly, small headed super hardy savoy of excellent quality. Pkt. $2.00

Drumhead Savoy:  90 days.  A nice, late savoy cabbage, crumpled leaves, firm, crisp and tender. Pkt. $1.75

Early Jersey Wakefield:  63 days.  Small, pointed, 2 to 3 pound heads, quick to mature. Pkt. $1.25

Frigga Savoy:  85 days.  An excellent large 3 pound plus head savoy cabbage that holds well in the field. Pkt. $2.25

Glory of Enkhutzen:  80 days.  8 to 10 pound heads, good keeper, good for sauerkraut. Round shaped heads. Pkt. $1.50

Golden Acre:  68 days.  Round, 3 to 4 pound heads, very uniform. Pkt. $1.25

January King Savoy:  95 days.  Slow growing, typical winter cabbage of Britain. Leaves are tinged with a pinkish red color. When I lived in the mild part of Idaho this one grew throughout the winter - - - hardy down to 10 deg. F. Pkt. $1.50

Late Flat Dutch:  115 days.  Huge, 10 pound heads that are very flat. Remember to give plenty of room as the heads are large and flat. Pkt. $1.25

Mammoth Red Rock:  100 days.  Very long season, round, 4 to 6 pound, slightly flat heads. Good red color. Pkt. $1.25

Red Acre:  76 days.  Small size (2 to 4 pounds), deep red in color. Pkt. $1.50

Red Verone Savoy:  90 days.  A nice purplish-red tinged leaved savoy that has good winter hardiness. Color intensifies as cooler weather sets in. Pkt. $2.50

Savoy Chieftain:  90 days.  Late, flat, globe shape, crinkled leaves, tolerates insects better than regular green cabbage, 4 to 6 pound heads. Pkt. $1.25


Chinese cabbage culture:  We plant here around August 1 (as early as July 20 or as late as August 15) to harvest in late September through hard frost (20F). Approximately 900 seeds per packet.

Chinese Pac Choi:  50 days.  A nice, bok choi type with white juicy ribs. Can be planted early, but does best when planted in early August. Pkt. $1.50

Michihli:  60 days.  Tall, loose type heads sometimes up to 2 feet tall. Superb taste. Pkt. $1.25

Tatsoi:  50 days.  Gorgeous plants (aka spoon cabbage). Dark green, spoon shaped leaves. Superb flavor for soups and very nutritious. Best when direct seeded in garden around August 1. Pkt. $1.50

Wong Bok:  80 days.  Needs a little more time to mature so start this earlier than Michihli or set out as transplants. Shorter, more oval heads than Michihli. In proper conditions and soils heads can reach 10 pounds. It appears this one is no longer available for purchase from wholesale outlets. We will try to increase our own seed before it is too late. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)


Cauliflower culture: See cabbage which has similar culture requirements. Approximately 500 seeds per packet.

All Year Round:  75 days.  Large, tight head, keeps in good condition for a long time. A good type for freezing. Pkt. $1.25

Early Snowball:  65 days.  Creamy white, firm head, dependable yield. Pkt. $1.25

Igloo:  70 days.  Late, stovepipe type, heavy solid heads, dense foliage. Pkt. $1.25

Self-Blanching:  80 days.  Plants tend to need less care to get to blanching stage. Pkt. $1.25

Violetta Italia:  85 days.  Large, vigorous plants, beautiful purple color that blanches to green. Needs cold period to induce head formation. This one is best in areas where it is overwintered. Pkt. $1.50


Collards culture: See cabbage which has similar culture requirements.

A rich source of vitamins. Rich, dark green leaves. Excellent taste when steamed. Plant as early as ground can be worked. Fall frosts improve flavor. Approximately 900 seeds per packet.

Georgia Green:  80 days.  Three feet tall, large plants, blue-green crumpled leaves. Pkt. $1.50

Morris Heading:  70 days.  Shorter plants producing a loose head at the top of the stem with darker green leaves. Pkt. $1.50

2017 KALE

Kale culture: See cabbage which has similar culture requirements. Kale tastes best after a good freeze (25 deg. F) and can be harvested down into the teens with good flavor. Approximately 1,000 seeds per packet unless otherwise noted.

Blue Curled Scotch:  60 days.  Very finely curled blue-green leaves, dense plants. Best when picked after frost. Pkt. $1.50

Blue Curled Vates:  55 days.  Dwarf and spreading, very curled, deep blue-grey. Pkt. $1.25

Dwarf Siberian Improved:  65 days.  Smaller plants, large, thick blue-green leaves with frilled edges. Pkt. $1.25

Red Russian Kale:  65 days.  A superb, lace leaf type. The plants usually get waist high by season's end. The plants are a lovely purple red. Pkt. $2.25

Tuscan:  80 days.  Dark green, crinkle-leafed. (aka Dinosaur Kale or Lacinato) This kale has many names and uses. It is also called Black Kale. Approximately 500 seeds per packet. Pkt. $2.25


Mustard culture: See cabbage which has similar culture requirements. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep as early as the ground can be worked and make a second planting 6 weeks before frost. Approximately 1,700 seeds per packet.

Old Fashioned:  45 days.  Long, ruffled leaves, common old fashioned salad green. Pkt. $1.50

Red Giant:  50 days.  Beautiful purple-red, slightly curled leaves. Does best when planted mid-July onward. We had it easily survive to -5 deg. F with a snow cover and flavor was improved from the cold. Pkt. $1.50

Southern Giant Curled:  50 days.  Rich, dark green, deep fringed leaves. Pkt. $1.25

Tendergreen:  45 days.  Fast growing, quick source of greens for humans and poultry. This one grows fast in any weather and does make a quick, tasty crop for poultry. Pkt. $1.50

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