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HORT410 - Vegetable Crops

Cabbage - Notes

  • Common name: cabbage.
  • Latin name: Brassica oleracea var. capitata.
  • Family name: Cruciferae (Brassicaceae) [Brassicaceae Images].
  • Cabbage history (TAMU).
  • Harvested organ: terminal bud, or head, with many enfolded leaves on a short, unbranched stem.
  • Consumed fresh, cooked, and as a fermented product, sauerkraut.
  • Major subgroups:
      1. subgroup alba; white cabbage
      2. subgroup rubra; red cabbage
      3. subgroup sabauda; savoy cabbage
  • Dicotyledon.
  • Biennial, typically grown as an annual.
  • Cool season, cold hardy.
  • Temperature optimum: 10 to 25 C.
  • Optimum soil pH: 6.0 to 6.5.
  • Best stored at 1 -2 C and 95 percent relative humidity.
  • Major diseases of cole crops in the Midwest:
      Alternaria leaf spot
      black leg
      black rot
      club root
      downy mildew
      Fusarium yellows
  • Major insect pests of cole crops in the Midwest: (see: ID-56: Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers 2003 - Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts (PURDUE) [pdf] for information on cabbage varieties, spacing, fertilizing, harvesting, and specific disease, weed and insect control recommendations for cabbage)

    Sources of information:

  • Eastman, C., Mahr, S., Wyman, J., Hoy, C., Oloumi-Sadeghi, H. Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. In "Vegetable Insect Management With Emphasis on the Midwest", (ed. R. Foster, B. Flood), Meister Publishing Co., Willoughby, Ohio, pp. 99 - 112 (1995).
  • Nonnecke, I.L. "Vegetable Production", Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY (1989).
  • Phillips, R., Rix, M. "The Random House Book of Vegetables", Random House, NY (1993).
  • Maynard, D.N. Cabbage. In "The Software Toolworks Multimedia Encyclopedia", Version 1.5, Grolier, Inc. (1992).
  • Chiang, M.S., Chong, C., Landry, B.S., Crete. R. Cabbage, Brassica oleracea subsp. capitata L. In "Genetic Improvement of Vegetable Crops", (ed. G. Kalloo, B.O. Bergh), Pergamon Press, Oxford, U.K., pp. 113-155 (1993).
  • Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers, ID-56, eds. R. Foster, D. Egel, E. Maynard, R. Weinzierl, H. Taber, L.W. Jett, B. Hutchinson, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, 2003.
  • Ghosh, S.P., Madhavi, D.L. Cabbage. In "Handbook of Vegetable Science and Technology: Production, Composition, Storage, and Processing", (ed. D.K. Salunkhe, S.S. Kadam), Marcel Dekker, Inc., NY, pp. 299 - 321 (1998).

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