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Chapter 5. Cole Crop Production1

Lincoln Zotarelli, Peter J. Dittmar, Monica Ozares-Hampton, Nicholas S. Dufault, Susan E. Webb, Qingren Wang, and Christian Miller2

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This publication is included in the Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida, 2015-2016 edition.


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This is Chapter 5 of the Vegetable Production Handbook for Florida, 2015-2016 edition. The most current version of this chapter may be found at


This thirteen-page chapter includes:

  • Botany and Planting

  • Cultivars

  • Asian Crucifers


Table 5.1. Planting information for cole crops.

Table 5.2. Cabbage cultivars.

Table 5.3. Broccoli, cauliflower, collard, kale, mustard, and turnip cultivars.

Table 5.4. Planting information for Asian crucifers.

Table 5.5 Asian crucifer cultivars.

Table 5.6. Selected herbicides approved for managing weeds in cole crops.

Table 5.7. Selected insecticides approved for managing insect pests of cole crops.

Table 5.8. Cole crop fungicides ordered by disease and FRAC group according to mode of action.



This document is HS724, one of a series of the Horticultural Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. First printed: June 1995. Revised June 2015. Visit the EDIS website at


Lincoln Zotarelli, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; Peter J. Dittmar, assistant professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; Monica Ozores-Hampton, assistant rofessor, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center; Nicholas S. Dufault, assistant professor, Plant Pathology Department; Susan E. Webb, associate professor, Entomology and Nematology Department; Qingren Wang, Extension Agent I, Miami-Dade County; Christian F. Miller, Extension Agent I, Palm Beach County; UF/IFAs Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. UF/IFAS does not guarantee or warranty the products named, and references to them in this publication do not signify our approval to the exclusion of other products of suitable composition.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.