Leaves - Knowledgebase Question

Towanda, IL
Question by rdw
June 29, 2000
I was told the other day that I had to big and to many leaves on my root crops and cabbage. They said I should remove some of the larger ones to promote more root and head growth.Is there anything to this.

Answer from NGA
June 29, 2000


Cabbage that fails to head usually is signalling a problem with cultural conditions, and removing leaves would not correct the problem. Cabbage needs very rich soil and an evenly moist soil to grow well; the soil should have ample amounts of organic matter worked into it prior to pplanting. Cabbage also needs plenty of sunlight so it should be grown in full sun. Sometimes, poor quality transplants, or poor transplanting techniauq where the soil is not packed firmly around the seedling's roots can also contribute to poor heading.

I am unable to think of any plants that would routinely benefit from having foliage removed; the foliage is the energy factory for the plant and is needed to keep it in active growth.

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