Organic Vates Kale, Brassica oleracea

Organic Vates Kale, Brassica oleracea
Light: Full Sun/Part Shade
Plant Height: 2’ for full size plants
Seedling Depth: 1/4-1/2" 
Days to Maturity: 90 days  
When to Sow:
Days to maturity are from direct seeding, subtract 2 weeks if transplanting.  Direct sow as soon as soil can be worked or start transplants 4 weeks before planting date. Plant baby leaf every 4-5 weeks for a continual harvest.  Sow fall plantings two months before first expected frost for full size and up until frost for baby leaf.
Plant Spacing:  Babyleaf: Direct seeding 60 seeds/ft in 2-4" bands.
                             Full Size-  12-18”
Row Spacing:   Full size: 18-30”
Harvest full size leaves when desired.  Kale flavor sweetens after light frosts.  Kale and collards are both very cold hardy, overwintering in most climates to some degree.
Special Features:
Kale and collards are hardy biennials that will overwinter in milder climates, and improve in flavor with the onset of cold weather. They are in the Brassicaceae family, sharing species name Brassica oleracea with cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi.  
  • Scotch - Deeply curled and wrinkled leaves. Very hardy.
  • Siberian or Russian – Flat leaves with lobed edges. Most tender.
  • Lacinato – Dark green savoyed blade shaped leaves.
  • Collards – More heat tolerant. Giant round leaves.
Curly kale leaves are dark blue-green.
Approx.  seeds per package.

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