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General information

  • Brassica oleracea var. acephala, Collards
  • Brassicaceae family
  • Sunlight: full sun. Prefers full sun in spring but can benefit from light shade during hot weather.
  • Soil Conditions: requires well-drained soil. Prefers well-drained, fertile soil high in organic matter.


Successful Cultivars

  • Top Bunch (50 days) Georgia type hybrid. Tall, productive, medium green leaves.
  • Tiger (69 days) Georgia type hybrid. Attractive leaves, uniform plants, regrow quickly, high yield.
  • Flash (55 days) Vates type. High yield, slow to bolt.


Common Pests & Diseases

  • Cutworm
  • Cabbage loopers
  • Cabbageworms
  • Flea beetles
  • Cabbage root maggots
  • Clubroot
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This publication was created by Master Gardeners Rick Judd and Gail Hermenau. Photos courtesy of Gail Hermenau.

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