Elegant, long, dark green leaves emerge from a central stem-like ostrich plume. Stunning in the ornamental garden, this heirloom kale grows 1m (3') tall with blistered, strap-like leaves that are frost hardy, but tender when cooked. 65 days, OP.
How to Grow Kale
Timing: Start indoors early March to mid-June. Transplant in 5-6 weeks. Start winter harvest kale in June and July, and transplant in August. Alternatively, direct sow from March to late July.
Seeding: Sow 4 or 5 seeds, 5mm (¼") deep, and thin to the strongest plant. Space transplants 30-45cm (12-18") apart in rows 75-90cm (30-36") apart.
Growing: Kale prefers well-drained, fertile soil, high in organic matter, with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8. In regions with heavy rainfall, an early spring application of lime is recommended. Mix ¼ cup of balanced organic fertilizer into the soil beneath each transplant. Keep the kale bed evenly moist for best results.
Seed Specs: Canada No. 1 germination standard: 80% Usual seed life: 3 years.
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