Kale Growing Information
Kale Germination Information
How to Sow Kale:
How to Grow Kale: Transplanting:
- Best sown indoors at a temperature of 68-70° and at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds.
- Expect germination in 10 days
- Start indoors in midwinter with planting out as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring.
- Seeds can also be sown outdoors in early spring while the soil is still cool.
- In Zones 8 and warmer, sow in late summer or early fall for a winter and spring crop.
- In cooler areas, sow in mid-summer for a fall crop. Sow at the same depth as above.
- It is 65 days from sowing to maturity.
Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves Spacing:
Space 18-24 inches apart in rows spaced 18-24 inches apart. Soil:
Site in full sun in a loamy, moist, well-drained soil Additional Care:
Fertilize prior to planting and again every 3-4 weeks. Keep plants well watered and mulch them to keep the soil cool,weed-free, and moist. Kale is a cool-season crop that is very tolerant of cold temperatures. In fact, frost will improve the flavor.
Appearance and Use:
A relative of Cabbage and Collards that is also grown for its tasty leaves. Rather than heading like Cabbage, plants grow as 21/2 foot tall, open stalks that bear the large, red, green, or blue-green leaves. To reduce bitterness, the leaves must be cooked before being eaten. Harvest leaves as needed via the “cut and come again” protocol: do not disturb the growing point of the plant. Refrigerate for 3-4 days to improve the flavor of summer-harvested leaves.
About Kale: Botanical name:
BRASSICA oleracea Pronunciation:
bras’i-kå o-ler-a’-se-å Lifecycle:
Brassicaceae; native to coastal Europe.