The traditional leaf kale (Gallena) for Portuguese kale soup.
This unique specialty from Portugal is also called Portuguese cabbage or sea kale. The taste and texture of the wavy green leaves are similar to collards. The thick fleshy midribs and stems can be peeled and eaten like celery or included in the soup. Vigorous plants grow up to 2' high and 2' wide. Grow like regular kale but space plants 18-36" in order for plants to reach full size. Beira will tolerate only moderate frost. Best for spring or fall harvest as it tends to get tipburn in hot weather. Avg. 55,800 seeds/lb. Packet: 100 seeds.
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'.