During the fall of 1993 and 1994, four commonly used growth retardants (B-nine, Cycocel, A-rest, and Bonzi) were compared for their effect on the growth and development of three ornamental flowering cabbage cultivars (white, red, and pink) and two ornamental flowering kale cultivars (frizzy red and red peacock). Two weeks after transplanting, seedlings of each cultivar were sprayed with aqueous solutions of the four growth retardants. Treatments for each cultivar were arranged in a randomized complete block design with 6 replications. Plant height, plant width, and dry weight were the parameters used to measure growth and development. Treatments for each cultivar were rated for head formation and color development. Results showed that all the growth retardants except for Cycocel significantly affected growth and development without any effect on head formation and color development. Bonzi caused the greatest growth suppression.