Growing Ornamental Cabbage & Kale – Create Colorful & Brilliant Fall Displays 

Choose beautiful cabbage and kale with brilliant colors and distinctive foliage shapes. Popular types include 'Peacock White' cabbage, 'Nagoya Red' kale, and 'Osaka' cabbage.  

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Plant decorative cabbage and kale 6-8 weeks before the first frost date in your location in late summer or early fall. This permits the plants to flourish and develop their brilliant foliage before cold season.  


Grow decorative cabbage and kale in full sun to light shade. Keep soil well-drained and organic.  


Plants should be 12-18 inches apart when mature. This gives them room to grow and spread.  


Dig holes slightly larger than decorative cabbage and kale root balls. Put the plants in the holes, backfill with soil, and gently firm the earth around their bases.  


Maintain soil moisture without waterlogging, especially during dry periods. Wetting the foliage might spread illness, so water the plants at the base.  


For good development and vibrant foliage, apply a balanced fertilizer to the soil at planting and every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.  


Check ornamental cabbage and kale for aphids, cabbage loopers, and cabbage worms. Control pests with soap or neem oil. To avoid the spread of downy mildew and fungal leaf spots, remove infected leaves immediately.  

Pest and Disease Control 

Mulch the base of ornamental cabbage and kale plants to preserve moisture, reduce weeds, and regulate soil temperature.  


To maintain plant appearance, remove yellowing or damaged leaves. When frost is expected, cover the plants with floating row cover or frost cloth to extend their display into late fall or early winter.  


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