James H. Schutte
A heat-tolerant kale that works well in the vegetable or ornamental garden, 'Blue Ridge' has ruffled blue-green foliage that is especially colorful in cool weather. Typically grown as an annual, kale is a cool season vegetable tracing its ancestry to Brassica oleracea, a fleshy-leaved, short-lived perennial from coastal areas of western and southern Europe.
This cultivar bears showy leaves on branching stems that elongate to knee height. In cool weather the foliage takes on richer, deeper...
(Bonnie Hybrid Cabbage, Cabbage)
Productive in cool weather, 'Bonnie Hybrid' yields large cabbage heads that are resistant to Fusarium yellows and tolerant of black rot. Maturing about 75 days after planting from seedlings, 'Bonnie Hybrid' forms volleyball-sized heads with spreading, leathery, blue-green outer leaves and tightly packed, yellowish blue-green inner leaves. Flavor is robust and slightly sweet. Expect each mature cabbage head to weigh between 5 and 7 pounds (2 to 4 kg). Heads resist splitting.
(Bonnie Mega Hybrid Cabbage, Cabbage)
A huge green cabbage that is ideal for fall or winter culture, 'Bonnie Mega Hybrid' bears massive round heads of waxy green leaves. The firm, leafy heads of this 1951 All-America Selections winner are tightly packed and delicious eaten cooked or raw. Heads are ready to harvest around 82 days after planting from seedlings. Flavor is robust and sweet. Expect each mature cabbage head to weigh between 30 and 50 pounds (13 to 23 kg).
Cabbages are categorized by their texture and color. Most...
(Brussels Sprouts, Bubbles Brussels Sprouts)
If you love Brussels sprouts but live where high heat and humidity are common, you should try 'Bubbles.' It is an outstanding, easy-to-grow, heat-tolerant variety that is also resistant to
powdery mildew and drought. It forms strong, upright, knee-high stems lined with fleshy, cabbage-like leaves. In 88 to 90 days after planting, Brussels sprouts are mature and ready to harvest from along the stems.
The Brussels sprout is a cool season vegetable first cultivated in late medieval or renaissance...
An Italian heirloom broccoli, 'Calabrese' was first brought to the Unites States in the 1880s. It develops very large heads when mature; these develop around 58-90 days from transplant. This is not a heat resistant variety, so it is best grown as a fall crop when days become progressively cooler allowing plants to develop to their fullest.
One of the most familiar green vegetables, broccoli (also known as Italian or sprouting broccoli) is an excellent choice for the garden. Typically grown...
(Carolina Cabbage Collard Greens, Collard Greens)
This mild tasting collard green produces large, tender leaves with milky white stems. The first tender leaves are ready to harvest after 80 days when planted from seed and are sweetest when gathered in cool weather. In fact, they're sweetest after the first mild frost of fall. Cook them as you would kale or spinach.
As beautiful as they are delicious, kale, collards, flowering cabbage, and the other vegetables in this group derive from Brassica oleracea, a fleshy-leaved short-lived...
An exceptionally hardy, bolt-resistant collard whose leaves remain tender and tasty weeks after those of other varieties have turned bitter from the heat, 'Champion' is a selection of the long-time favorite 'Vates'. A cool-season vegetable that resembles a loose-leaved cabbage, the collard has long been a mainstay of gardens and kitchens in the southern United States, but is increasing in popularity elsewhere. Typically grown as an annual, it traces its ancestry to Brassica oleracea, a fleshy-leaved,...
James H. Schutte
An early-maturing, "miniature" cabbage that holds for weeks in the garden without splitting, 'Charmant' bears dense spherical heads that are delicious either cooked or raw. Typically grown as an annual, cabbage is a cool season vegetable that traces its ancestry to Brassica oleracea, a fleshy-leaved, short-lived perennial from coastal areas of western and southern Europe.
Maturing some 66 days after sowing, 'Charmant' forms coconut-sized heads with thick, leathery, blue-green outer leaves...
An ornamental delight to grow as well as to eat, the orange cauliflower 'Cheddar' is an excellent choice for the cool-season vegetable garden. The increased amount of orange pigments makes it richer in beta-carotene than white cauliflower types. From sowing to harvest, 'Cheddar' takes 58 to 68 days to fully mature. It is a cool season vegetable that performs best when grown in the cool fall or winter, where winters are mild and frost-free.
Grown as an annual, cauliflower traces its ancestry to...
(Chidori Pink Ornamental Kale, Ornamental Kale)
Bringing texture and shades of pink and green to the garden in the frosty fall, winter and spring seasons, ‘Chidori Pink’ is an ornamental kale, bred to be showy and descended from plants native to the coastal regions of southern and western Europe. It is a short-lived, hardy perennial typically grown as an annual.
The grayed, light green-blue leaves form a low rosette. As temperatures cool, the foliage develops bright pink colors, concentrated in the central new leaves. In the second year, the...