The Q&A Archives: Onamental Cabbage

Question: My ornamental cabbage has grown several 12" to 18" flowering sprouts, which are undesirable to me. When and where should I cut it back?

Answer: Your ornamental cabbage is a cool-season plant that's grown in the fall and winter months for its highly colored leaf rosettes. When the weather warms up, the plants send out a stalk that flowers, and then the plant dies. If you don't want the flowers, cut the stalk off, but expect that the plant is nearing the end of its life and will die soon. You can plant more ornamental cabbage plants next fall to enjoy through the winter months.

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