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Vegetable Varieties for the Home Garden in Oklahoma

A successful garden begins with the selection of varieties that are adapted to the area. If you are unsatisfied with your present selections, this list can offer some alternatives. If you are looking for a new variety, try it next to the one you presently grow for comparison. Then you can make an informed decision about the new variety. You may find something that grows well in your area that is not included in this list. It’s all part of the joy of gardening.

 

The varieties listed below have proven to be successful either in variety trials conducted by Oklahoma State University or in garden plantings throughout the state. This is only a partial list of satisfactory varieties and seed sources. There are many excellent varieties available through these and other seed companies. Friends, your local county Extension educator, a knowledgeable gardener, or local garden center/nursery personnel are also excellent resources.

 

Asparagus

  • Jersey Knight
  • Mary Washington
  • U.C. 157

 

Bean

  • Broad/Fava
    • Loretta
  • Bush
    • Bush Blue Lake 47
    • Bush Blue Lake 274
    • Contender
    • Derby
    • Jade
    • Provider
    • Podsquad
    • Roma
    • Roma II
    • Strike
    • Topcrop
    • Verandon
  • Wax
    • Goldrush
    • Resistant Cherokee Wax
  • Pole
    • Kentucky Blue
    • Kentucky Wonder
    • Meralda
    • Pinto
  • Lima
    • Fordhook 242
    • Henderson Bush
  • Horticultural
    • Dwarf Horticultural

 

Beet

  • Early Wonder
  • Detroit Dark Red
  • Ruby Queen
  • Sangria

 

Broccoli

  • Brigadier
  • Di Cicco
  • Emperor
  • Green Comet
  • Mariner
  • Premium Crop
  • Packman

 

Brussels Sprouts

  • Jade
  • Prince Marvel
  • Valiant

 

Cabbage

  • Early
    • Charmant
    • Conquest
    • Dynamo
    • Golden Acre Y.R.
  • Main season
    • Blue Vantage
    • Red Acre
    • Red Head
  • Chinese
    • Mei Qing Choi Pak Choi
    • Michihli

 

Cantaloupe

  • French Charentais
    • Charmel
  • Muskmelon
    • Ambrosia
    • Burpee Hybrid
    • Classic
    • Gold Star
    • Hearts of Gold
    • Magnum .45
    • Saticoy
    • Solid Gold
    • TAM-Dew Improved (honey dew)

 

Chinese Winter Melon

 

Cardoon

  • Gigante

Carrot

  • Chantenay strains
  • Danvers strains
  • Gold Pack
  • Scarlet Nantes
  • Thumbelina

 

Cauliflower

  • Burpee Early White Hybrid
  • Snowball
  • Snow Crown
  • Snow Grace

 

Collard

  • Champion
  • Georgia
  • Vates

 

Corn, Sweet

  • Early
    • Aztec
    • Champ (ss)
    • Honey 'N Pearl (ss)
  • Main Season
    • Bodacious (ss)
    • Calico Belle (bicolor ss)
    • Early Sunglow
    • Indian Summer
    • How Sweet It Is (White) (ss)
    • Incredible (ss)
    • Kandy Korn
    • Merit
    • Snowbelle (white ss)
  • Late
    • Bicolor Silver Queen
    • Silver Queen (white)
  • ss—super sweet type

 

Cucumber

  • Slicing
    • Burpee Hybrid II
    • County Fair (powdery mildew resistant)
    • Dasher II
    • Fanfare
    • Lemon
    • Marketmore 80
    • Salad Bush
    • Slice Master
    • Sprint 440 II
    • Straight Eight
  • Pickling
    • Calypso
    • Fancipak
    • French Cornichon
    • Regal
    • Saladin

 

Dill

  • Bouquet
  • Fernleaf

 

Eggplant

  • Black Magic
  • Burpee Hybrid
  • Classic
  • Epic
  • Little Fingers
  • Rosa Bianca

 

Garlic

  • German Red
  • Inchilium Red
  • Silverskin
  • Spanish Roja

 

Jicama

 

Kale

  • Red
    • Red Russian
  • Green
    • Verdura
  • Blue
    • Vates

 

Kohlrabi

  • Purple
    • Kolibri
  • Green
    • Grand Duke
    • Waldemar

 

Lettuce

  • Leaf
    • Black Seeded Simpson
    • Grand Rapids T.B.R.
    • Prizehead (red)
    • Red Sails
    • Salad Bowl
    • Waldmann’s Green
  • Butterhead
    • Bibb
    • Buttercrunch
    • Juliet
    • Merveille Des Quatre Saisons
    • Ovation
  • Head, Romaine
    • Little Gem
    • Romance
  • Head, Batavian – (combo. of romaine & head)
    • Cardinale
    • Little Loma
    • Nevada

 

Assorted Greens

  • Stir-fry
    • Mizuna
    • Pak Choi
    • Red Mustard
    • Red Kale
  • Salad
    • Arugula
    • Mache
    • Mesclun – misc. salad mix
    • Mizuna
    • Radicchio
    • Upland Cress – various types
    • Various lettuces

 

Mustard

  • Florida Broad Leaf
  • Southern Giant Curled
  • Tendergreen

 

Okra

  • Annie Oakley
  • Baby Bubba
  • Blondy
  • Burgundy
  • Cajun Delight
  • Clemson Spineless 80

 

Onion

  • Yellow
    • Granex (ST)
    • Grano 1015Y (ST) – a.k.a. Texas 1015
    • Yellow Sweet Spanish (SS,ST,GK)
    • Walla-Walla Sweet (FS,ST)
  • White
    • Crystal Wax (ST)
    • Granex (ST)
    • White Sweet Spanish (SS,ST,GK)
  • Red
    • Granex (ST)
  • Bunching
    • Evergreen White (ST)

FS—fall seeded
SS—spring seeded
ST—spring transplanted
GK—good keeper

 

Pea

  • Little Marvel
  • Knight
  • Edible pod
    • Snappy
    • Super Sugal Mel
    • Super Sugar Snap
  • Snow peas
    • Norli
    • Oregon Giant
    • Oregon Sugar Pod #2

 

Pepper

  • Sweet
    • Corona – yellow bell
    • Earlired – red bell
    • Gator Belle
    • Gold Summer
    • Jupiter
    • Keystone Resistant Giant #3
    • Melody
    • Sweet Banana
  • Hot
    • Anaheim TMR 23
    • Big Jim Numex
    • Cayenne Large Red Thick
    • Hungarian Wax
    • Jalapeño M
    • Mexi Bell
    • Riot
    • Serrano Chili
    • Super Chili
    • TAM Vera Cruz
    • Thai Dragon

 

Potato (use certified seed tubers)

  • Red
    • Norland
    • Red LaSoda
    • Red Pontiac
  • White
    • Irish Cobbler
    • Kennebec
    • Superior
  • Yellow
    • Yellow Finn
  • Russet
    • Norgold Russet
    • Norkota

 

Pumpkin

  • Field
    • Aspen
    • Big Max
    • Connecticut Field
    • Howden
    • Jackpot
    • Lumina (white)
    • Rouge Detampes Cinderella Pumpkin
  • Pie
    • Autumn gold
    • Baby Bear
    • Jack O’Lantern
    • Small Sugar
    • Spookie
  • Ornamental
    • Baby Boo (white)
    • Jack Be Little
    • Munchkin

 

Radish

  • Champion
  • Cherry Belle
  • Easter Egg
  • French Breakfast
  • Scarlet Globe
  • White Icicle

 

Rhubard

  • Canada Red (Chipman’s)
  • MacDonald

 

Rutabaga

  • Purple-Top Yellow

 

Southern Pea

  • Cowpea
    • Coronet
    • Early Acre
    • Elite
    • Magnolia Blackeye
    • Mississippi Silver
    • Pinkeye Purplehull BVR
    • Yard Long or Asparagus Bean

 

Spinach

  • Ambassador
  • America
  • Bloomsdale
  • Chesapeake
  • Coho
  • Fall Green
  • Grandstand
  • Melody
  • Ozarka II

 

Malabar (spinach substitute)

  • Red Stem

 

Squash

  • Summer, yellow straightneck
    • Lemon Drop L
    • Gold Bar
    • Multipik
  • Summer, yellow crookneck
    • Dixie
    • Goldie
    • Sun Drops
  • Summer, zucchini
    • Eight Ball
    • Onyx
    • Senator
    • Zucchini Elite
  • Summer, scallop
    • Peter Pan
    • Sunburst
    • White Bush Scallop
  • Winter, acorn
    • Cream of the Crop
    • Ebony
    • Table Ace
    • Table King
  •  Winter, buttercup
    • Buttercup
  • Winter, butternut
    • Early Butternut*
    • Ponca
    • Waltham Butternut
  • Winter, spaghetti
    • Tivoli
      • *Resistant to squash vine borers

 

Sweetpotato

  • Beauregard
  • Centennial
  • Jewel

 

Swiss Chard

  • Bright Lights
  • Lucullus
  • Ruby Red (Rhubarb Chard)

 

Tomato

  • Large fruit
    • Better Boy VNF (I)
    • Big Beef VNF1,2 (I)
    • Brandywine
    • Carmello
    • Carnival VNF1,2
    • Celebrity VNF1,2
    • Flora-dade VF1,2
    • Heatwave VF1,2
    • Jet Star VF (I)
    • Mountain Pride VF1
    • Pik-Red VNF1,2
    • Summer Flavor 5000 VNF1,2
    • Sunny VF1,2
    • Sunray F (yellow)
    • Sunrise VF1,2
  • Paste
    • Milano
    • Roma VF (canning)
    • San Remo
  • Small fruit
    • Juliet
    • Mountain Bell VF1
    • Small Fry VNF
    • Sungold
    • Sweet 100 (I)
    • Sweet Million
    • Yellow Pear

V — denotes Verticillium resistance
N — denotes Southern root knot nematode resistance
F1,2 — Fusarium wilt resistance (race 1; race 2)
I — denotes indeterminate; all others are determinate in growth habit

 

Turnip

  • Alltop (greens)
  • Just Right (white)
  • Purple Top White Globe
  • Tokyo Cross

 

Watermelon

  • Heirloom
    • Moon & Stars
  •  Round to blocky
    • Crimson Sweet
    • Desert King (yellow)
    • Fiesta
    • King of Hearts (3X)
    • MardiGras
    • Patriot
    • Royal Sweet
    • Tri-X 313 (3X)
  • Long
    • Allsweet
    • Charleston Gray
    • Jubilee II
    • Sangria
  • Icebox
    • Golden Crown
    • Mickylee
    • New Queen
    • Tiger Baby 

 3X — denotes tripoid seedless watermelon

 

Source List:

 

David Hillock
Consumer Horticulturist

 

Brian Kahn
Vegetable Research Specialist

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