Selected Vegetable Cultivars for Nebraska

This guide lists vegetable cultivars suitable for Nebraska.

Sarah J. Browning, Extension Educator
Laurie Hodges, Extension Vegetable Specialist

Vegetable cultivars for home gardens should be adapted to local growing conditions. The following selected cultivars should succeed in most areas of Nebraska. Because there are hundreds of cultivars of some vegetables, this is only a partial list. Other cultivars may do as well or better in your area. Your garden location, experience, likes and dislikes and intended use of your produce will be factors in selecting vegetable cultivars for your garden.

All-American Selections are designated by an asterisk (*). These are cultivars tested at trial gardens across the United States. Cultivars must be unique, widely adapted and provide a quality product to receive this honored award.

Cultivar disease resistance or tolerance is indicated in the third column. Hybrid cultivars are indicated by “H” or “hybrid” following the name. This indicates the cultivar is a result of the cross of two distinct parents. Seed produced from hybrid plants will not produce plants like the hybrid. In general, seed produced from hybrid cultivars should not be saved for replanting. Because flowers of summer and winter squash, melons and cucumbers tend to be cross-pollinated by insects, seed from these plants should also not be saved since it is unlikely the plants will come true to the parents.

Specific sources for purchasing each cultivar are not listed. While some cultivars are available through local garden stores, a number of those listed may be available only through mail-order sources. See NebGuide G1895, General and Specialty Mail-Order Seed Sources, for a list of companies with whom to consult for those cultivars not available locally.

A — Anthracnose
ACR — Asparagus Crown Rot
ALS — Angular Leaf Spot
ASC — Alternaria Stem Canker
BL — Black Leg
BM — Bean Mosaic Virus
BO — Botrytis
BR — Black Rot tolerant
BS — Bacterial Soft Rot
BSP — Bacterial Speck
BST2 — Bacterial Spot, race 2
BW — Bacterial Wilt
BYMV — Bean Yellow Mosaic Virus

BC — Brown Canker
CLS — Cerospora Leaf Spot
CMV — Cucumber Mosaic Virus
CW — Common Wilt
DM — Downy Mildew
EB — Early Blight
F — Fusarium, race 1
FF– Fusarium, race 1 & 2
FFF — Fusarium, race 1, 2 & 3
FYR — Fusarium Yellows Resistant
LB — Late Blight
LR — Leaf Roll
M — Mosaic
N — Nematode
NLB — Northern Corn Leaf Blight
PEV — Pea Enation Virus
PLRV — Pea Leaf Roll Virus
PM — Powdery Mildew
PR — Pink Root Resistant
PVA — Potato Virus A
PVY — Potato Virus Y
R — Rust
S — Scab
SLB — Southern Corn Leaf Blight
Sm — Smut
St — Stemphylium (Gray Leaf Spot)
SW — Stewarts Wilt
TEV — Tobacco Etch Virus
TLS — Target Leaf Spot
TMV — Tobacco Mosaic Virus
Th — Thrips
V — Verticillium Wilt
WMV — Watermelon Mosaic Virus
WM — White Mold
Y — Yellows
ZY — Zucchini Yellows


Vegetable Cultivar Disease Res/Tolerance Comment
Asparagus (buy 1 yr. old plants) Jersey Giant (H) ACR, F, R all male plants, large spears, high yields
Jersey King (H) ACR, F, R all male plants, large green spears with purple bracts, productive
Jersey Knight (H) ACR, F, R all male plants, good flavor, large spears
Jersey Supreme (H) ACR, F, R all male plants, cold tolerant, 7-10 days earlier than others
Purple Passion (H)   sweet purple spears turn green when cooked
UC 157 (H) R vigorous fast growth, high yields, 70% male plants
Beans — bush Derby* BM 57 days, straight 6” pods, good yields, use fresh
Jade BM, R 60 days, upright plants and long, straight pods, good flavor
Jumbo   55 days, Italian Romano type, 6-7” flat pods
Provider BM, DM, PM 50 days, 5.5” round pods, widely adapted, excellent flavor
Roma II BM, R 59 days, 4.5-6” flat stringless pods, snap, shell or freeze
Straight ‘N Narrow   53 days, 5” dark green round pods, French filet
Beans — bush wax Goldito BM 5 2-54 days, 4.5-5” straight stringless yellow pods, French filet Indy
Gold BM 52-56 days, 5-6” yellow pods, green tipped
Isar   52 days, 4.5-5” yellow pods, medium-sized upright plants
Slenderwax WM, BM 56 days, deep yellow, straight pods
Beans — pole Fortex   60 days, 7-11” straight stringless green pods, French filet
Kentucky Blue*   58 days, 8-9” green pods, good flavor
Kentucky Wonder   65 days, 9” green pods, good flavor
Beans — lima, bush Fordhook 242*   65-85 days, white seeds, dwarf bush, great for freezing
Jackson Wonder   75 days, butterbean, buff, mottled purplish-back when dry
Packers DM 70 days, green seed, baby lima, better for cool climates
Beans — lima, pole Christmas   88 days, speckled red and white, strong flavor
King of the Garden   88 days, heavy producer/very large seed
Beets Big Red (H) Y, CLS 50 days, extra sweet, excellent interior color, canning
Detroit Dark Red   60 days, round, sweet, fresh or processed
Early Wonder Tall Top   45-50 days, smaller and slightly flattened roots, grow for early red-veined greens
Golden   55 days, golden yellow interior, mild sweet flavor
Red Ace (H) CLS 53 days, vigorous, maintains tenderness and sweetness
Broccoli Packman (H)   57 days, very large heads, excellent side shoots
Premium Crop (H)*   71 days, freezes well, holds long
Small Miracle (H)   54 days, 6-7” heads, compact 1.5’ plants
Brussels Sprouts Bubbles (H) PM 82 days, dark green, large sprouts, heat tolerant
Jade Cross (H)*   80 days, heat tolerant, bluish-green, freezes well
Long Island Improved   80-115 days, dark green, compact 2’ plants
Tasty Nuggets(H)   78 days, small 1” sprouts
Cabbage Discovery (H) FYR 65 days, excellent flavor, excellent cultivar
Dynamo (H)* 6   0-75 days, 2 lbs, blue-green, good disease resistance
Red Acre   76 days, mid-season, deep red, stores well
Savoy Ace (H)* FYR 78 days, slow to split, crinkled leaves
Savoy Express (H)*   55 days, small heads, sweet taste, not bitter
Cabbage — Chinese Blues (H) BS, DM, M 57 days, 3.5-4.5 lbs bluish-green heads, Napa type, spring or fall
Jade Pagoda (H) BS 72 days, fall planting, Michihli type
Joi Choi (H)   45 days, dark leaves, white stalks Michihli 72 days, fall planting
Carrots Chantenay, Nantes, or Danvers types   types with shorter roots, 4-6” are best for heavy soils
Purple Haze (H)*   70 days, 10-12”, dark violet flesh with bright orange core, Nantes type, best in loose well-drained soil
Red Cored Chantenay   70-75 days, 5-7” smooth golden-orange, grows well in heavy soil
Cauliflower Cheddar (H)   58 days, 4-7” orange heads, retains color when cooked, self-blanching
Graffitti (H)   75-80 days, 10” purple head, retains color when cooked, self-blanching
Snow Crown (H)*   50 days, 6-8” white heads, self-blanching, dependable
Corn — white Silver King (H) SW, R, NLB 82 days, white sugar-enhanced, 8” ears, good flavor
Corn — yellow Bodacious (H) SW 75 days, yellow sugar-enhanced, 8” ears, excellent flavor
Honey Select (H)*   79 days, yellow synergistic, 8”, isolate from super sweet (sh2) hybrids
Incredible (H) SW, R 85 days, yellow sugar-enhanced, 9.5” tender, resists lodging
Kandy Korn (H) SW, R 83-89 days, yellow sugar-enhanced, 8.5” ears
Miracle (H)   84 days, yellow sugar-enhanced, high yield, excellent ears
Corn — bicolor Ambrosia (H)   75 days, bicolor sugar-enhanced, 8” ears, excellent flavor
Honey ‘n’ Pearl (H)*   76 days, super sweet, bicolor, 9” ears, isolate from all other corn types
Seneca Spring (H) Sm, R, NLB, SLB 68 days, bicolor sugar-enhanced, cold soil tolerance
Sensor (H) Sm, R, NLB, SW 82 days, bicolor sugar-enhanced, excellent flavor
Trinity (H) SW 59-68 days, bicolor synergistic, 8” ears, cool soil emergence, isolate from super sweet (sh2) hybrids
Cucumbers — slicing Dasher II (H) A, ALS, CMV, PM, DM, S 58 days, vigorous, gynoecious1, parthenocarpic2
Diva (H)* DM, PM, S 58 days, smooth thin skin, burpless, gynoecious1, parthenocarpic2, not attractive to cucumber beetles
Fanfare (H)* A, ALS, CMV, DM, PM, S 52-63 days, slender, 7-8”, dark green semi-bush
Marketmore 76 CMV, DM, PM, S 60 days, slender, standard slicer, dark green
Orient Express (H) A, ALS, PM, DM, S 60 days, Asian “burpless”, crunchy and mild, 14 x 1.5”, gynoecious1
Salad Bush (H)* TLS, CMV, PM, DM, S 57 days, space saver, 2-3’ plants, 8” fruits, dark green
Spacemaster (H) CMV, S 60 days, 7-8” fruits, dwarf plants good for container or small gardens
Sweet Slice (H) ASL, DM, PM, S, WMV-1 & 2 62 days, “burpless”, 8-10”, crisp non-bitter fruits
Cucumbers — pickling County Fair (H) BW, CMV, S, PM 52 days, gynoecious1, parthenocarpic2, Bacterial wilt resistant
Homemade Pickles (H) (many)   55 days, 1.5 x 6” long, crisp, good flavor, vigorous vines
Regal (H) A, ALS, CMV, DM, PM, S 55 days, dark green, gynoecious1
Eggplant Casper   70 days, cylindrical, white skinned, 6”
Dusky (H) TMV 63 days, 6.5 x 3”, pear shaped, glossy black
Ichiban (H)   58 days, 9 x 1.5”, slender, dark purple Oriental type
Kale Red Russian   50-60 days, 24-36” plants, leaves gray-green toothed, non-curled with red stems, excellent flavor and tender, very cold tolerant
Vates   55 days, 12-18” curled leaves, good for multiple harvests
Winterbor (H)   65 days, 24” blue-green curled leaves, mild flavor, very cold tolerant
Kohlrabi Early Purple Vienna   50 days, purple outside, ornamental
Express Forcer (H)   42 days, 4” bulbs, tops for stir-frying
Grand Duke (H)* BR   45 days, uniform shaped bulbs, to 4”
Leek King Richard   79 days, hill up for long stems, tolerates to -20°F
Large American Flag   130 days, standard variety, hill for long stems
Lettuce — head Grand Rapids   45 days, frilled light-green leaves
Summertime   70 days, slow-bolting iceburg type, slow to bitter
Lettuce — Romaine Freckles   28-55 days, 8-10” heads, semi-savoy, bright green with dark red speckles
Green Towers   74 days, 8-12” heads, lightly savoyed green leaves
Rosalita   55 days, red romaine, green background color
Lettuce — looseleaf Black Seeded Simpson   46 days, light green, good cold germination
Green or Red Salad Bowl*   48 days, two cultivars either green or red oakleaf-shaped
Red Sails*   40-50 days, ruffled leaf, green with red tips, slow to bolt or become bitter in heat
Waldman Dark Green   50 days, dark green, best early spring and fall
Lettuce — butterhead Buttercrunch*   48 days, 10” heads, spring or fall, slow to bolt
Tom Thumb   46 days, compact 5-7” heads, great for container plantings
Muskmelon Ambrosia (H) PM, DM 86 days, very sweet, small seed cavity
Angel (H)* FF 60-80 days, 2-3 pounds, white flesh, Mediterranean type
Athena (H) F, PM 65-80 days, 5-7 pounds, crisp orange flesh, crack-resistant, no sutures
Burpee Hybrid PM 82 days, 4.5 pounds, orange flesh
Okra Annie Oakley II (H)   48 days, 4.5” pods, spineless, compact plants
Cajun Delight (H)*   49-70 days, dark green low-fiber pods, produces til frost
Clemson Spineless*   60 days, dark green, spineless pods
Onion — bunching Evergreen Hardy White   65 days, very cold hardy, over-winter with mulch
Feast DM 60 days, heat tolerant, holds well for extended harvest, high yields
Oasis DM, R 65 days, vigorous, uniform deep green leaves, holds for extended harvest, high yields, heat tolerant
Parade   60 days, vigorous upright growth
White Spear   65 days, heat resistant, blue-green leaves
Onion — globe Candy (H)   100 days, extra sweet, short keeper
Copra (H)   111 days, medium size, good keeper, very pungent
Red Bull (H)   114 days, uniform bulbs, red throughout
Super Star* (H) PR 109 days, white flesh, mild flavor, day neutral
Walla Walla Sweet   115 days, very sweet, short keeper
Parsnips Andover BC 120 days, 12-14” tapered roots, store 4-6 months
Harris Model   120 days, 10-12” smooth roots
Peas — garden Early Frosty   63 days, 3” pods, 28” plants, high yields, freezes well
Green Arrow DM, F 70 days, 4” pods, 9-11 peas per pod, extra sweet, 28” plants, freezes well
Knight PM, CW, PEV, BYMV 57-62 days, 4” pods, 8 peas per pod, compact plants, fresh use
Lincoln F, DM 67 days, 3” pods, 30” plants, high yields
Mr. Big* F, PM 58-72 days, 4.5” pods, 3-4’ vines
Wando   68 days, heat tolerant, 3” pods, try a fall crop
Peas — edible pod Oregon Giant PEV, PM, CW 60-74 days, large flat 4.5” pods, sweet snow pea
Sugar Ann* CW 58 days, 18-24” tall, fresh or cooked
Sugar Daddy PM, PLRV 74 days, 26” tall, stringless pods, best freezer
Sugar Sprint PEV, PM 58 days, 3” pods, 2’ vines don’t need support, nearly stringless
Peppers — sweet Bell Boy (H) TMV 72 days, blocky, thick-walled, 4-lobed
Carmen* (H)   75 days, horn-shaped fruits, green to red, sweet Italian-type
Giant Marconi* (H)   72 days, 8 by 3” tapered fruits, green to red, sweet frying-type
Jupiter TMV 72 days, large, thick-walled, blocky
King Arthur (H) TMV, PVY, TEV, BST2 68 days, large blocky fruit, 3-4 lobed, green to red, strong plants that set well in heat
New Ace (H)   55 days, early, very productive in adverse conditions
North Star (H)   62 days, early, blocky 4-lobed fruit, green to red, continuous set
Peppers — hot Cherry Bomb (H) TMV 62-87 days, 2 by 2”, round to heart-shaped fruits, thick-walled, very hot
Holy Mole* (H)   85 days, slender 9” fruits, green to brown, mild Pasilla-type
Mucho Nacho* (H)   70 days, 4” hot jalapeno-type fruits, thick-walled, vigorous plants
Numex Joe E. Parker   70-95 days, 6-8” thick flesh, bright green fruits, mild Anaheim-type
Super Chili Hybrid*   75 days, hot cayenne type, 2.5” long, short spreading prolific plants, dries well
White Bullet   80-90 days, 1” bullet-shaped fruits, green to gold, very hot Habanero-type
Potatoes Dark Red Norland S, LR, PVA, PVY early, red, stores well
Irish Cobbler   early, shallow eyes, stores well, heirloom
Kennebec LB, BL, PVA, PVY late, all-purpose, white flesh, shallow eyes
Red Pontiac   late, red, stores well, boiling potato
Red Cloud S, EB large, red skin, mid-season, boil or bake, NU introduction
Yukon Gold LR, PVA all-purpose, yellow skin and flesh, mid-early
Pumpkins Baby Bear* (H)   105 days, small 4-6” diameter, 1.5-2.5 lbs., 5-8/plant, excellent handles
Baby Boo   90-95 days, 3” diameter, white skin and flesh, ornamental and culinary
Howden   110 days, very large, thick flesh
Jack Be Little   85-95 days, 3” diameter, orange skin, ornamental and culinary
Orange Smoothie* (H)   90-110 days, 7-8 lbs., semi-bush
Small Sugar   115 days, pies, 7” diameter, great flavor, a/k/a New England Pie
Radish Cherriette   24 days, very red roots to 2”, remain crisp
Champion*   26 days, bright red, round
Easter Egg (H)   28 days, multi-colored blend, mini-egg shaped
White Icicle   30 days, white, long mild, somewhat heat tolerant
Rhubarb Canada Red   long, thin stalks, red throughout, extra sweet, few flower stalks
MacDonald   bright red, tender skin Valentine long, red stalks, good flavor
Spinach Bloomsdale Longstanding   45 days, glossy dark green, savoyed, large broad leaves, slow to bolt, very good cold soil emergence
Melody* (H) DM, CMV 43 days, dark green, semi-savoy leaf, upright plants
Olympia DM 40 days, large 5-6” green leaves, fresh or processing, slower to bolt than
Melody Tyee (H) DM 53 days, large savoyed leaves, slow to bolt
Squash — summer      
         Green Raven (H)   43 days, 7-8” deep green zucchini fruits, compact plants, concentrated fruit set
Zucchini Elite (H)   48-50 days, 7-8” medium green fruits
         Yellow Gold Rush* (H)   50 days, golden yellow zucchini hybrid, straight neck, upright compact plants
Multipik (H)   50 days, yellow straight neck, mostly female flowers
Sunburst* (H)   50 days, yellow patty pan, very productive
Zephyr (H)   54 days, yellow straight neck with light green blossom end
Squash — winter Bonbon* (H)   95 days, 4-5 lb. fruits, average 4/plant, compact vines, buttercup type, sweet
Royal Ace PM PM 80 days, dark green acorn, orange flesh, semi-bush
Table Ace F1   70-85 days, black-green acorn, sweet orange flesh, semi-bush
Tivoli* (H)   100 days, bush spaghetti, prolific
Waltham Butternut*   95 days, large fruits, heavy yields, stores well
Sweet Potato Bush Porto Rico   110 days, bush plants, orange flesh
Centennial   100 days, orange skin and bright orange flesh, some irregular shapes
Jewell F   100 days, copper-colored, moist flesh
Swiss Chard Bright Lights*   60 days, many colored stems- gold, pink, orange, red, purple, white, lightly savoyed foliage, mild flavor
Rhubarb Chard   59 days, red stems, green heavily savoyed foliage, a/k/a Ruby Red
Tomato — salad or cherry Husky Red Cherry (H) V, F, ASC 65-70 days, dwarf indeterminate, good for containers
Sungold F, TMV 57-60 days, indeterminate, golden-orange fruits, crack-resistant
Sweet Million (H) V, FF, N, TMV 65 days, indeterminate 1-1.5” fruit, less cracking, sweet
Tomato — paste Amish Paste   74 days, indeterminate, 8 oz. ox heart-shaped paste tomato, great flavor
Big Mama   80 days; indeterminate; 5” x 3” fruit, thick walls, good flavor; also fresh or grilled
San Marzano   60-80 days, indeterminate, 3 oz. deep red fruits, meaty and dry, crack-resistant
Tomato — standard Better Boy (H) V, FF, N, ASC 72-80 days, deep red, 1 lb. globe-shaped fruit, crack-resistant
Big Beef* F1 V, F, N, TMV, ASC, St 73 days, indeterminate beefsteak, great yields, flavorful
Bush Celebrity* (H) V, FF, N, TMV, ASC, St 67 days, 7-10 oz. fruits, good flavor, 15” compact plants, very disease-resistant
Mountain Pride (H) V, FF 74-77 days, 7-10 oz. fruits with good flavor, very crack-resistant
Quick Pick F1 V, FF 60 days, indeterminate great yields and flavor
Turnips Purple Top White Globe   55 days, 5-6”, stores well
Tokyo Cross* (H)   35 days, 2” roots in 35 days
Watermelon — small fruited Sugar Baby   84 days, 6-7 lb. fruits, deep red flesh, dark green rind
Yellow Doll (H)   70 days, 3-7 lb. fruits, yellow flesh, very sweet, semi-compact vines
Watermelon — large fruited Crimson Sweet F1 A, F 88 days, 25 pounds, round-oval fruit, deep red
Sangria A, F 85 days, sweet, 20-26 pounds, bright red flesh
Sweet Favorite Hybrid* A, F 82 days, 15-20 pounds, oblong, best for cool areas
1Gynoecious plants produce all or predominantly female flowers and, unless they are also parthenocarpic, require non-gynoecious plants with pollen-producing male flowers for good fruit set.
2Parthenocarpic plants do not require pollination to produce fruits. Fruits are seedless.

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Index: Lawn & Garden
Issued October 2008