Ornamental Cabbage

September 21, 2005

Growers are shipping hardy mums and ornamental cabbage and the weather is unusually warm for this time of year. There have been several situations where the ornamental cabbage arrived at a retail garden center looking great only to have a scorch appear on the leaves a few days later.

Closed trucks on hot days may be stressing the ornamental cabbage, resulting in a scorch on the older/bottom leaves of the plants. Be sure the plants are watered adequately and vent the body of the truck if possible.

Paul Lopes