How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Cabbage –Brassica oleracea var. capitata
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Plant Description

Cabbage grows well in California from late fall to early spring. Heads can be harvested when firm and well filled. Early and late varieties can be planted, as well as red and savoy varieties. Some varieties are resistant to certain diseases. Rotate cabbage and other cole crops (broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts) annually within the garden to reduce disease and insect pest build up.

Cultural Tips

Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing cabbage.

For more information about growing vegetables, visit the UC ANR California Garden Web website.

A head of cabbage, Brassica oleracea, growing in the field.

Pests and disorders of Cabbage



Environmental disorders



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