Planting Cole Crops Step-by-Step

growing broccoli floret

For broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, kohlrabi, and kale.

Spring is the perfect time for planting cole crops. Follow these four simple steps to create the foundation for a bountiful harvest.


Transplant a young cabbage from the pot to the ground.
Step 1
Slip the plant from its plastic cup or pack by turning the vessel upside down and gently prodding, not pulling, the plant out so as not to break the stem away from the tender roots.


Plant cole crops a little deeply. Remove lower leaves.
Step 2
Pinch the lower leaves from the stem to prepare for deep planting.


Bury part of the cabbage stem.
Step 3
Dig a hole so that the plant goes deeply into the ground; about half the stem will be buried, but don’t worry if you are not exact.


planting cole crops: collards with straw mulch
Step 4
After planting, mulch around but not up to the stem. Continue caring for the plant as outlined in the directions on the stick tag.