The finely curled, dark blue-green leaves can be harvested with one cut instead of being stripped off the plant individually, as kale is traditionally harvested. The compact plants produce leaves that are very uniform, resist yellowing, and have good flavor. Perfect for harvesting the whole plant at 12-18". Avg. 146,000 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.
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Latin Name: Brassica oleracea
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CULTURE: Plant approx. 3 months before expected fall frost. Sow 3 seeds every 8", 1/4- 1/2" deep, in rows 18-30" apart. Thin to 1 plant/group. You can also grow kale from transplants, like cabbage. Beginning about 2 months after planting, harvest by clipping individual leaves. For salad mix: In a 2-4" wide band sow 60 seeds/ft. Clip 4- to 5-week-old leaves. Kale and collards are very hardy, will increase in eating quality into late fall and will be harvestable through the winter in most areas. Use row cover in severe climates. PESTS: They are not as afflicted with pests as are other cole crops like cabbage. Use row covers exclude pests from seedlings. Control cabbage worms with bacillus thuringiensis. DAYS TO MATURITY: From direct seeding; subtract about 14 days if transplanting. AVG. DIRECT SEEDING RATE: For bunching: 220'/1,000 seeds, 1,550'/oz., 24,000'/lb., at spacing above. TRANSPLANTS: Avg. 5,500 plants/oz. SIZED SEEDS: Standard except where noted. SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: 90,000-150,000 (avg. 112,000). PACKET: 100 seeds sows 22'.