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Suggested vegetable varieties for home gardeners in Minnesota

Mike Zins, David Wildung, Jackie Smith, and Robert M. Olen

The following list of vegetable varieties is suggested for Minnesota gardeners. Included on the list are varieties that have been successful in test trials in Minnesota. A presence of a variety on the list does not imply endorsement by the University of Minnesota Extension Service, nor does an absence imply criticism. Since some of the varieties may be better adapted to specific climatic conditions, growers need to look at days to maturity as well as other growing conditions.

The varieties are listed in order of increasing days to maturity. The days to maturity should be used as a relative guide for comparing the length of time needed to successfully grow each variety. The cooler the climate, the longer it takes for maturity and crops grown in northern Minnesota will take longer to produce mature crops. Those varieties with an asterisk are suggested for northern Minnesota. The days to maturity for most vegetable varieties will be given from direct seeding. Other vegetables are usually transplanted and the days to maturity will be given from transplant time. If you are in doubt about the frost-free days and growing season in your area, contact your local county Extension Service.

Asparagus Bean, Dry Bean, Bush, Green Bean, Bush, Lima Bean, Bush, Purple Bean, Bush, Yellow
Bean, Pole Beet, Cylindra Beet, Globe Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cabbage, Chinese
Cabbage, Green Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Savoy Carrot Cauliflower Celeriac
Chard Chicory, Radicchio Corn, SE (Sugar Enhanced) Corn, SH2 (Shrunken Super Sweets) Corn, Popping Cucumber, Pickling
Cucumber, Slicer Eggplant Kale Kohlrabi Leek Lettuce, Butterhead
Lettuce, Head Lettuce, Leaf Lettuce, Romaine Melon, Honeydew Muskmelon Okra
Onion, Bulb Onion, Green Bunching Parsley Parsnip Pea, Garden Pea, Snap
Pea, Snow Pepper, Hot Pepper, Sweet (Ripening to Red Pepper, Sweet (Ripening to Yellow or Brown) Potato Potato, Sweet
Pumpkin, Field Pumpkin, Mini Pumpkin, Pie Radish, Fall Radish, Spring Rhubarb, Root
Rutabaga Salad Greens Spinach Squash, Summer Squash, Winter, Vining Squash, Winter, Bush
Tomato, Small Tomato, Regular Turnip Watermelon

Vegetable Variety Days to Maturity From Transplant:
ASPARAGUS
*Mary Washington
  Jersey Giant
*Viking KB3
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BEAN, DRY
*French Horticultural 65  
Great Northern 85  
*Jacob's Cattle 88  
*Soldier 89  
Mung 90  
Navy 90  
Pinto 91  
Red Kidney 95  
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BEAN, BUSH, GREEN
Straight N' Narrow 49  
*Provider 50  
Romano 50  
Green Ruler 51  
*Greencrop 53  
*Jade 53  
*Strike 54  
Tavera 54  
*Derby 55  
Romanette 55  
*Bush Blue Lake 274 56  
Mon Petit Cheri 58  
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BEAN, BUSH, LIMA
(southern 1/3 of state only)
Henderson 65  
Jackson Wonder
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BEAN, BUSH, PURPLE
*Royal Burgundy 51  
*Purple Queen 55  
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BEAN, BUSH, YELLOW
Roc D'or 54  
Dorabel 54  
*Goldcrop 55  
Rocquencourt 55  
*Goldkist 58  
Wax Romano 59  
Dragon's Tongue 65  
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BEAN, POLE
Early Riser 43  
Northeaster 56  
Kentucky Blue 58  
*Blue Lake 63  
*Kentucky Wonder 65  
Liana 72  
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BEET, CYLINDRA
*Formanova 55  
Cylindra 65  
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BEET, GLOBE
*Ruby Queen 52  
*Red Ace 54  
*Pacemaker II 58  
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BROCCOLI
Munchkin 28  
Early Dividend 43  
Bonanza 50  
*Packman 65  
*Premium Crop 82  
*Arcadia 86  
*Captain
*Patriot
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BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Masterline 75  
*Prince Marvel 83  
*Jade Cross 95  
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CABBAGE, CHINESE
Blues 50  
Kasumi 65  
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CABBAGE, GREEN
Polar Green 56    
*Early Jersey Wakefield 65    
*Dynamo 65  
Stonehead 67  
*Market Topper 73  
Green Boy 75  
Stonehold 77  
Copenheaven 80  
Discovery 80  
Fortuna 82  
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CABBAGE, RED
Salad Delight 50  
*Red Dynastyv 76  
*Meteorv 80  
Red Express 80  
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CABBAGE, SAVOY
Savoy Ace 75  
Savoy King 83  
Midvoy 87  
Savoy Chieftain 90  
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CARROT
*Nanco 57  
Touchon 60  
*Scarlet Nantes 62   
A Plus
*Chantenay 68  
Sweet Sunshine 72  
Bolero 73  
Nutri-Red 80  
*Apache
*Vita Sweet 781
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CAULIFLOWER
Silver Cup 40  
*Snow Crown 48  
Purplehead 56  
*Fremont 65  
*Andes 67  
*White Sails 68  
*Candid Charm 75  
Violet Queen 80  
Stardust 80  
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CELERIAC
Large Prague 112  
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CHARD (or Swiss Chard)
*Bright Lights 60  
*Lucullus 60  
Perpetual 60  
*Rhubarb 60  
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CHICORY, RADICCHIO
Rossa di Chioggia 70  
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CORN, SE (Sugar Enhanced)
Seneca Arrowhead Bi    62
Seneca Pronto Yel    65
*Quickie Bi    65
Seneca Sensation Wt    70
Temptation  Bi  72
Ambrosia Bi    75
*Bodacious   75
*Mystique Bi    75
Alpine Wt    77
For Heaven's Sake Yel     uneven
*Delectable Bi    82
Argent Wt    86
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CORN, SH2
(Shrunken Super Sweets) [Must isolate from other sweet corn types to prevent cross-pollination which would affect the flavor.]
*Northern Super Sweet   68
*Early Extra Super Sweet   70
Bufterfruit Bi  76
*Honey 'N' Pearl germ. problems Bi  78
Even Sweeter Wt 82 
Dazzle Bi  83 
Treasure Wt  83 
Phenomenal Bi  85 
*Krispy King
*Candy Corner
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CORN, POPPING
Pretty Pops 95  
Iopop 12 98  
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CUCUMBER, PICKLING
Patio Pickle 50  
*Northern Pickling 52  
Cool Breeze 55  
*Eureka 56  
H-19 Arkansas Little Leaf 62  
*Liberty 65  
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CUCUMBER, SLICER
*Dasher II 46  
Spacemaster 51  
*Victory 50  
*Marketmore 76 57  
*Sweet Slice 62  
*Fanfare 63  
Marketmore 86 65  
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EGGPLANT
Cloud Nine 54  
Green Goddess 56  
*Ichiban 58  
*Dusky 69  
Burpee Hybrid 70  
Vittoria 76  
Ghostbuster 95  
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KALE
Winterbor
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KOHLRABI
Kolibri 43  
*Grand Duke 50  
*Early White Vienna 55  
*Early Purple Vienna 60  
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LEEK
Electra 130  
Large American Flag 130  
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LETTUCE, BUTTERHEAD
Kagraner Sommer 53  
*Buttercrunch 65  
Tom Thumb 65  
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LETTUCE, HEAD
Rosy 55  
Mini-Green 75  
Summertime 75  
Burpee's Iceberg 85  
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LETTUCE, LEAF
Oakleaf 45  
Grand Rapids 45  
Black-Seeded Simpson 48  
Red Sails 48  
Lolla Rossa Atsina 50  
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LETTUCE, ROMAINE
Little Gem 50  
Romulus 50  
Cosmo 60  
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MELON, HONEYDEW
*Earlidew 73  
Honey-I-Dew 90  
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MUSKMELON
*Earlisweet 68  
Earligold 72  
*Earliqueen 73  
Fastbreak 80  
French Orange 80  
Rocky Sweet 80  
Touchdown 85  
*Burpee Hybrid 82  
*Superstar 86  
*Athena
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OKRA     DAYS 
Cajun Delight 49  
Burgundy 60  
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ONION, BULB
(May be used for storage)
Greek Salad 97  
Superstar 97  
Candy 102  
Big Daddy 109  
Big Mama 109  
Sweet Spanish 110  
Sweet Sandwich 110  
Red Burgermaster 111  
*Yellow Sweet Spanish 120  
*Frontier
*Stuttgarter (from sets)
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ONION, GREEN BUNCHING
Tokyo Long White
White Lisbon 60  
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PARSLEY
Pagoda 75  
Krausa 75  
Plain Italian 78  
Moss Curled
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PARSNIP
All-America 105  
Hollow Crown 115  
*Harris' Model 120  
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PEA, GARDEN
Knight 56  
Maestro 57  
*Sparkle 60  
*Green Arrow 62  
Wando 70  
*Mr. Big 72  
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PEA, SNAP
(eat pod when plump)
*Sugar Snap 68  
Super Sugar Mel 71  
*Sugar Daddy germ. probs 74  
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PEA, SNOW
(eat pod before peas swell)
Oregon Sugar Pod 58  
Little Sweetie 58  
Super Sugar Pod 58  
Mammoth Melting Sugar 63  
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PEPPER, HOT
Thai Hot 42  
Super Cayenne 60  
*Mitla 65  
Big Chile 68  
Tam Mild Jalapeno 70  
Thai Hot Dragon 70  
Faijita Bell 80  
Mucho Nacho 90  
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PEPPER, SWEET
(ripening to Red)
*Superset 60  
*Ace 60  
*Park's Early Thickset 60  
Ma Belle 65  
*Gypsy 65  
*Northstar 65  
Super Red Pimento 70  
Lady Bell 71  
Fat N' Sassy 80  
*Red Start
*Crispy
*Green Boy
*Islander
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PEPPER, SWEET
(ripening to Yellow or Brown)
*Sweet Chocolate 58  
Sunrise Orange 60  
Golden Bell 68  
Golden Calwonder
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POTATO
(Check local sources for whole seed.)
Carola
*Gold Rush
*Kennebec
*Norland, Red
Red Pontiac
*Superior
*Yukon Gold
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POTATO, SWEET
Centennial
Georgia Jet
Porto Rico
Vardaman
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PUMPKIN, FIELD
*Rocket 95  
Howden 110  
Lumina 110  
Connecticut Field 115  
Big Max 120  
*Funny Face
*Harvest Moon
*Ghost Rider
*Long Face
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PUMPKIN, MINI
*Wee-b-Little 85  
*Munchkin 100  
Baby Bear 105  
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PUMPKIN, PIE
Triple Treat 110  
*Oz
*Trickster
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RADISH, FALL
All Seasons White 45  
Summer Cross 55  
April Cross 60  
Red Meat 74  
Misato Green 79  
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RHUBARB, ROOT
Chipmans Canada Red
Valentine
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RADISH, SPRING
*Scarlet Knight 23  
Cheriette 24  
*Cherry Belle 24  
Red King 25  
*Champion 28  
Pink Beauty 29  
*White Icicle 30  
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RUTABAGA
*American Purple Top 90  
Laurentian 90  
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SALAD GREENS
Kyona/Mizuna 40  
Tendergreens (Mustard) 30  
Green Cured Ruffec (Endive) 93  
Tatsoi 45  
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SPINACH
Indian Summer 30  
Malabar (Basella) 35  
Tyee 39  
Bloomsdale Longstanding 42  
Correnta 45  
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SQUASH, SUMMER
*Eight Ball 40  
*Zucchini Select 47  
Elite 48  
Spacemiser 50  
*Gold Rush 50  
*Burpee Hybrid 50  
Sunburst 50  
Zephyr 54  
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SQUASH, WINTER, VINING
Early Buftemut 75  
*Table Ace 78  
Festival 84  
*Sweet Mama 85  
*Ponca 85  
*Carnival 85  
Table Queen 85  
*Buttercup 90  
Baby Blue Hubbard 95  
Ambercup 95  
*Blue Ballet 95  
Sweet Meat 95  
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SQUASH, WINTER, BUSH
Cream of the Crop 85  
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TOMATO, Small Fruited/container/paste types
*Tumbler 48  
*Patio Hybrid 50  
*Early Cascade 55  
*Oregon Spring 60  
Juliet 60  
Vita Gold 63  
*Sweet Million 65  
Sweet Chelsea 67  
Container Choice 69  
*Sweet 100 70  
Viva Italia 72  
Square Paste 74  
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TOMATO regular size fruit/beefsteak
Quick Pick 60  
Bush Celebrity 63  
*Johnny's 361 65  
*Redrider 65  
OG50 Whopper 65  
*Roadside Red 65  
*Sunrise 37  
Golden Girl 72  
Mountain Pride 75  
*Celebrity 76  
Lemon Boy 80  
Supersteak 80  
Brandywine 80  
Golden Jubilee 83  
*Royal Mountie
*Sunshine
*Sunstart
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TURNIP
Tokyo Cross Hybrid 32  
*Purple Top White Globe 58  
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WATERMELON
*Festival 75  
*Sugar Baby 84  
Jubilation 106  
*New Queen
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Mike Zins is associate professor and assistant extension horticulturist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; David Wildung is a professor and horticulturist, North Central Experiment Station, Grand Rapids; Steven R. Poppe, is a research plot coordinator, West Central Experiment Station, Morris; and Robert M. Olen is a county extension educator, Agriculture, St. Louis County, Duluth. The authors acknowledge the assistance of Arvo Kallio, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, and Minnesota Master Gardeners in revising this publication

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