Cabbage Catastrophe: Dry Down
Ornamental cabbage and kale are both popular fall crops and we are nearing the finish line in their production and marketing cycle. On a recent trip, I observed some very sad plants at retail. The plants had been neglected and were showing signs of water stress. Ornamental cabbage and kale are intolerant of severe water stress. It results in lower leaf discoloration and loss. Once a plant has been subjected to extreme drought stress they never recover.
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Brian WhipkerProfessor, Horticulture, North Carolina State University
Brian E. Whipker is a professor of floriculture at North Carolina State University. He has an appointment split between extension and research, but also teaches the graduate level plant nutrition course at NC State. His specialization is plant nutrition, plant growth regulators, and problem diagnostics. He brings over 30 year of experience in diagnosing grower plant problems.